Judith Ann Notaro, 80 of Crystal Lake, died peacefully, July 25, 2020 with her entire family by her side.
Judith was born June 8, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Thomas and Ann Coglianese. On October 20, 1962 she married Frank S. Notaro. She was a licensed beautician and proudly retained her license until the very end of her life. She was an amazing homemaker that loved to organize things and had a knack for making everything beautiful. Judy also carried on the tradition of being a fantastic cook and baker. She enjoyed watching old movies, the Hallmark channel and game shows. Her greatest joy in life was her family and she spent a great deal of time recognizing the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
Judy is survived by her husband Frank of 58 years, her children, Nancy (Jim) Smearman, Julie Notaro, and Steve (Elaine) Notaro, her grandchildren, Jimmy, Stevie, Joey, Ava, Ella and Nina and by her only sister, Camille Speziale. She was proceeded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 4-8pm and on Friday from 12-1pm at DeFiore Funeral Home at 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 31, 2020, 1:15pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta, Crystal Lake. Entombment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the GoFundMe campaign for the John Ledr Family at gf.me/u/x93ntw.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or online condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com
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Dear Frank, Steve, Nancy, Julie, and Family, As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary High School community, as you celebrate the life of your “loving wife, mother, grandmother….” and as you deal with the loss of her physical presence in your lives. Reading Judy’s obituary gave me a glimpse into this woman whose “greatest joy in life was her family” and who made everything around her “beautiful.” Your reflection that she "will be missed by all who knew her" reminded me of an adaptation of a reading from the book of Sirach. “Let us praise an illustrious woman, faithful to her family and friends, strong in her love. At peace in her heart and her world, she has left us her good name, and we recount her life of praiseworthy deeds. A generous woman her good works will never be forgotten. Among her family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of her…. Her name lives on from generation to generation. We gather to sing her praises. We will proclaim her wisdom and love of life all our days.” Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief. We pray for you as you continue to share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate your Wife/Mother/Grandmother and the love you shared. May memories of Judy and the love you shared comfort you! May the knowledge that Judy lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope! Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need! Judith Judith Wampach Amberg - Saint Viator Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus
While I didn't have the pleasure of personally knowing Judy, she was a neighbor I'll not forget. The first year she and Frank moved into their home, Judy baked cookies and deposited them in my mailbox. I'll not forget her generosity and kind gesture for someone she didn't even know. My heart goes out to Frank as I know the life adjustment he has in front of him. My prayers are with Frank and the entire family during this difficult time. All I can suggest is, focus on the all the good times and positive in Judy's life.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Mark and Dorota- neighbors
I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers