PREISLER—Judith “Judy” Lynne Preisler, 78, passed away April 25, 2021, after a sudden and brief illness.
Judy was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Queens, NY, to parents Stanley and Edna Muir. She graduated from Hofstra University and became a highly respected and devoted teacher of both English and history and mentor to a number of her collegues — her profession and passion her entire life.
Judy married Ron Preisler in Carle Place, NY, on June 24, 1966. They shared over 54 years together living on Long Island for a dozen years and then spending nearly 30 years in California, where Judy was the Head of Viewpoint Middle School, overseeing the middle school with 300 students while also teaching classes.
Upon retirement, Judy and Ron moved to Florence to be closer to their daughter, Jen, and her family. Judy quickly became involved in the community. She managed the volunteer program for the Memory Care Respite Center and worked with the clients in a warm and loving way.
Judy was a volunteer and secretary for the Florence Cold Weather Shelter since its inception. She and Ron also enjoyed many marvelous travel adventures to Europe, Canada and the Caribbean.
Judy is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Ron; her sister, Suzie; daughters Jennifer, Victoria (and son-in law Ben Hayes) of Portland, Ore.; her two grandsons: Jack and Lukas; and her quirky fur baby, Lily.
Not only was Judy a passionate educator and volunteer, her prime passion was her family. She loved being a grandmother and considered being “Nana” her best job ever — a job at which she was great.
During the long period of the COVID pandemic closures, Judy combined the roles of educator and Nana to teach special weekly lessons via Zoom to her grandsons — whom she adored — on topics ranging from the telegraph to Muhammad Ali.
Judy beamed when she spoke of family.
Besides her family, Judy loved flowers and holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving; she loved welcoming family and friends to her home.
In the true giving spirit of the holidays, Judy always made room for one or two more at the Thanksgiving table.
Judy’s strengths and passion for family, friends, and community were evident to anyone who knew her, as was her hard work ethic and her wonderful smile.
She was the glue for her family and Judy will live forever in their hearts.
A service in memory of Judy will be held at a later date.
In remembrance of Judy, read a book to a child or make room for just one or two more at your table. Donations in Judy’s memory can be made to Florence Cold Weather Shelter.