Judith Peyser

Judith Peyser was born Judith Nowith to Nathan and Ida Nowith Aug. 31, 1932. Nathan and Ida were immigrants from Russia and Poland. 

Judith was the youngest of two daughters. She had many fond memories of her parents, one of which was her father waiting for her in the rain, more than once, at the school bus stop so she wouldn’t have to walk home without being under an umbrella. She remained with her parents until her wedding day, May 17, 1953, when she married Ralph Peyser.

After a short while, Judith and Ralph told their friends they were moving to Long Island. But Long Island, to them, was a small neighborhood in Flushing, Queens, called Auburndale. Then in May 1959, with their second child on the way, they moved again all the way to Whitestone, Queens.

In 1968, in order to help with the family’s financial situation, Judith went to work. Initially, she worked for McFadden Bartell, a magazine publishing company in Whitestone. Judith met and became friends with a co-worker who was able to help her get a job for Ralph with Consolidated Edison. She subsequently got herself a job there, where she worked until retirement.

Judith resided in that same complex in Whitestone until May 2015. At that time — even she agreed — it was a good idea with her mobility failing to move in with her loving son, Steven, in Jamesport. In less than a week she felt quite at home in her new apartment in Steve’s house knowing it was built with every conceivable handicap provision.

Judith had an insatiable appetite for reading and would spend most nights reading until she fell asleep, often with a book or magazine still in her hands. She had a love for cats and had several in her lifetime.

She will be missed by all who knew her but mostly by her beloved son, Steven. Sadly, she passed on Sept. 24 at the age of 83.

Graveside services were held Sept. 28 at Cutchogue Cemetery, where Rabbi David Altman, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Shalom, officiated.

DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home assisted the family.


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