Judith Zelda Stander

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Judith Zelda (Levy) Stander, aka “Bubbe” passed away at home on November 14th, surrounded by her family, and on her own terms. We wouldn’t have expected anything less from her. Judy was born on September 13, 1940, in Rome, NY. to Harvey H. and Sara (Slutzker) Levy. Her parents moved to Syracuse and she graduated from Nottingham High School in 1958, and Cortland State College in 1962.
She earned a degree in education and taught elementary school in the Solvay School District for several years. In 1968 she married Karl M. Stander and shortly after, she started working with her husband in running Stander Advertising Agency in Manlius, NY.
During this time, she also was a volunteer coordinator for WCNY-TV, Public Broadcasting. Following the death of her husband in 1983, Judith returned to teaching, working with adult students as part of the Cortland County Employment and Training Office. She
worked in the same capacity for Syracuse University. She served on the Village of Manlius Zoning Board of Appeals, and as Coordinator of the 1200 Volunteer team for TelAuc, the local Public Television annual fundraising event. Instead of retiring, she colored
her hair and kept busy. She was a blonde when she was a community grant writer and NARA Director overseeing resettlement of refugees from the former Soviet Union. She then alternated between coloring her hair purple and blue (settling on blue) when she went to work at the Syracuse Jewish Federation where she was responsible for maintaining the Federation’s Community Happenings calendar and newsletter. During this time, she also staffed the annual Yom Hashoah Program and Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration. She was an active member of Temple Society of Concord, which was the beneficiary of much of her volunteer spirit as she served as Vice President, Secretary and Member of the Board of Trustees and as a singer in the Knesseth Shalom Singers Choir. She also coordinated the annual Hanukkah dinner for many years.
Judy is predeceased by her husband, Karl and her brother, Lawrence Levy,
She is survived by her son, Rabbi Seth Stander (Margot) of Houston, TX, her daughter, Sara Mahony (Robert) of Fayetteville, NY, granddaughters Macy (Jonathan) Leonard of Charlotte, NY, Mara Mahony of Syracuse, NY, Elisheva Stander of Houston TX, and great grandson, Liam Leonard of Charlotte, NC. Funeral arrangements will be private. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
In her honor please wear something blue and remember Judith fondly.
The family would like to thank Hospice of CNY for their wonderful support in honoring Judith’s wishes. Donations in her memory may be sent to Temple Society of Concord, Syracuse Jewish Federation or Hospice of CNY.

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