Judy Simon

August 25, 1923March 12, 2019

Judy Simon passed away peacefully in her Ventura home on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 95. Judy grew up in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, with parents Rose and Armin Krausz and brothers, Sandor and Károly.

She survived Auschwitz and the slave labor camp Lippstadt, where she remained until the war ended and she was liberated. Afterwards, she worked on the switchboards for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to help other victims of the war. She met her late husband, Bernd, while working at the UN and together they travelled to the United States and settled in Ventura County, where they started their family.

A lifelong lover of books, Judy went back to school to become a librarian’s assistant and worked in the Ventura County library system for over ten years. She was a member of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura.

Judy is predeceased by her husband, Bernd Simon. She will be remembered by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Angel; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jesse; and grandchildren, Clifford, Gavin, Derek, and Eliana.

Services were held Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11:00 AM, in the chapel at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Rd, Ventura, officiated by Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Condolences may be sent to


  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019

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Mary Anne Powers

March 18, 2019

I worked with Judy for many years. I will miss her very much. Good bye, Judy. Love you.

Dicie Adeniran

March 17, 2019

To the family of my library colleague and dear friend Judy Simon,
Sending you condolences and deep sympathy on Judy’s passing. Judy was a lovely, amazingly strong and insightful woman, full of her love for you and Bernd.
Judy and I shared many friends and social outings. After she was no longer able to drive, I was her ride to many of these events. I always cherished our time together in the car for private conversation. It was usually about books, her family, and only very occasionally about her early life.
She was a cherished friend, and her absence leaves a hole in the world. May you be comforted in your memories of her life and love for you,
Dixie Adeniran