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Judith M. “Judy” DiPalma

March 13th, 2013

Judith M. “Judy” (Livingstone) DiPalma, age 68, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 13th, 2013 at the Sunny Acres Nursing Center in Chelmsford, surrounded by her loving family.  Judy was born in Boston on April 30, 1944.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Roderick and Nellie (McCullen) Livingstone.  Judy was raised in Hyde Park and was a graduate of Hyde Park High School.  After high school, Judy took a job at Sears in the Fenway and worked her way up to division manager.

Judy was married to the love of her life, Robert “Bob” DiPalma in 1965.  Judy and Bob began to raise a family.  They were blessed with two daughters, Paula and Pamela, and the family moved to Wilmington in 1975, where they have had a huge impact on the community ever since.  Judy got involved with schools that the kids attended, became a member of the PTA, volunteered with the Girl Scouts, and even started a Brownie Troup, since her girls were too young for Scouts.

At the young age of 22, Judy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Judy not only fought through her illness, she strived from it.  She served as a peer counselor for the M.S. Society, helping others who have been diagnosed.  She was also a reliable volunteer for the organization, helping them in whatever was needed, including fundraising.  Judy was led through this time not only with the love and support of her family and friends, but also her strong belief in God.  Judy was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Newton. The church was a big part of her life.  She attended services there as a child and was also married in the church.  Judy remained very involved in the church and they will miss her presence greatly.

One of Judy’s greatest accomplishments was when she started the A.I.M. Group in Wilmington.  This was a social event for people of all handicaps and a chance for other people to volunteer.  The group has grown over the years and is still going strong, meeting once a week in Wilmington and giving people the opportunity to get out and meet new members.  With all the work she has done over the years, countless hours of volunteering, Judy was recognized by the Town of Wilmington as the “Wilmington Good Guy” in 1986.  The community will always be grateful for having such a kind, caring and giving person in it.

Judy’s most important thing in life was her family.  Her love and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren were unmatched.  She lived for her four grandchildren Robert, Gabrielle, Danielle and Troy, Judy loved to have them around and talk about them to whoever would listen.  She was a wonderful woman who had the respect and admiration of all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Judy was the beloved wife of Robert A. DiPalma of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of Paula A. Dierking and her husband John of Mesa, AZ, and Pamela L. Marcinkewich and her husband Walter of Tyngsborough.  Judy was the devoted grandmother of Robert and Gabrielle Dierking and Danielle and Troy Marcinkewich.  She was the dear sister of David Livingstone and his wife Sandell, Carol Filiccia and her husband Ralph and the late Alice Jenkins.  Judy is also survived by her mother-in-law, Josephine DiPalma of Chelmsford and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.   Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 15th, from 3-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Judy’s name can be made to A.I.M., c/o Elizabeth Peters, 16 Fairmeadow Rd., Wilmington, MA  01887.

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20 Entries in Guest Book for “Judith M. “Judy” DiPalma”

  1. Clarice and George Ross says:

    We have lost a very special lady and true friend
    For over 40 years, we have shared her wonderful
    spirit, love of life and deep devotion to her family
    and this community which she left a better place.
    We are indeed blessed for all she has given us.

  2. Jim & Anne Amnott and family says:

    Judy will be missed – for her upbeat cheeriness, her indefatigable spirit, her joy in being with family, (Jim will miss his cribbage partner!) and her love of Christ. As our children said: she was “an inspiration”. Now she has a brand new body in Heaven. Perhaps she will be at the gate greeting us when we get there.

  3. Doug and Chrissy Rupp says:

    Our condolences go out to your family Bob. Judy was a true inspiration with an amazing sparkle. May you find comfort knowing that God’s plans have purpose and he will comfort you and all of Judy’s loved ones during this time of grieving.

  4. Larz (Fred) Neilson says:

    Bob and family, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes. There was no way you could say no to Judy, for she was never asking anything for herself, only for others. She could and often did inspire others to do great things. It was a privilege to have known her, and it is truly with sadness that I bid her farewell. I extend my deepest sympathy to you.

  5. Dianna DiGregorio says:

    Judy was very special and always so caring. She never seemed to despair and always had kind words for others. As a wife, mother, grandmother, friend as well as her social activities, her rainbow will never fade but will remain in our presence forever. Deepest sympathies.

  6. Jim and Nancy Gagne says:

    Bob, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Judi was your world and you shared her with so many of us. Thank you for allowing us to know how wonderful she was. There is a new
    light in heaven. We extend our deepest sympathies.

  7. Michael & Lorraine Simonelli says:

    Paula, Father, Sister, & Family,
    Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your beautiful mother. May she rest in Peace. Keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers. Mike & Lorraine (Ma Sima) Simonelli

  8. Karen says:

    Bob and family
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I was fortunate to take care of Judy when i worked for Sunny Acres for the past year and a half. Judy and i always chatted and i enjoyed listening and learning from her. She will be greatly missed. Sincerely Karen Emanouil

  9. Betty Ann Rupp says:

    Bob, Paula, Pamela and Family
    My Deepest Sympathy on the loss of a very special person. Judy was very special to me and so caring. We were friends snce childhood and all thru adulthood. She will be missed so much to everyone that has had the pleasure to know her. I will remember all the times Pete and I spent together with you and Judy.
    Love Betty

  10. Tony DiPalma says:

    Bob, Paula, Pamela, and Judys extended family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, We’ve lost a very beautiful courageous woman, she truly touched so many lives, she will always be remembered and sadly missed. Our deepest condolences are with you all.

    Tony & Marcia DiPalma

  11. June Morrison Osterholm says:

    My prayers are with you and all of us who knew and loved Judy. I’m so sorry for your loss but know she is spreading that delightful smile all across heaven. We shared a Christ-centered childhood surrounded by family and friends and I will cherish those memories. God be with you all during this most difficult time.

  12. Jerry and Joan DiPalma says:

    Judy was a truly special person. We are so grateful to have met her. We did not have the opportunity to have known her for a long time but we did get to feel her wonderful spirit. She will have a special place in heaven.
    Love Joan and Jerry

  13. Rob Perkins says:

    Judy will be dearly missed — her loving spirit, her courage, her perseverance, and her strong faith in Jesus. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you, Bob, and the rest of your family.
    In Christ, Pastor Rob

  14. Jesslyn (MacPherson) Steele says:

    Dear Bob, Paula, Pamela, David , Carol and families,
    Sincere sympathy on the loss of Judy. Although I have not seen her recently,I will remember her smile, her laugh ,her beauty and her positive outlook. I hope that your lifetime of memories will comfort you as you mourn her loss. Thinking of you all!
    Love,Jesslyn

  15. Darryl & Bonnie Mac Donald says:

    Our deepest sympathy Bob and family on the loss of Judy our prayers are with you.Judy was a special person.

  16. Daniel Pintal says:

    Pam,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Daniel Pintal

  17. Bill Livingstone says:

    Very sorry to hear about Judy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Livingstone Families from Orangedale, Cape Breton.

  18. David Wiley Livingstone says:

    Judy & Family Thanks for living with faith
    and courage. I am glad to call you sister!
    For you the battle is over the victory won.
    It is a treasured memory our last visit.
    A meal,a game,a conversation, a shampoo
    from Bob a blow dry from Pamela.
    Lots of affection from Danielle and Troy
    as they were leaving.
    You lived John 10:10b well it is finished.
    I miss you a lot you were The Glue as
    Sandel said. Your-question to me was when
    are you coming again? When I do see you
    again we can rejoice together.
    A song that really Blessed me over the
    last few days is… I will rise by Chris Tomlin
    So I say for now C U soon love Ya
    Your Brother David

  19. Carol A. Trout says:

    Dear Bob, Paula, and Pam,
    I just learned of Judy’s passing-I am so very sorry for your loss. Judy was such a very remarkable woman, and for the time she was part of my journey, which I know was God’s plan, I am so grateful to have known her. I don’t remember her sad-I always see her face w/a smile and great expectations of the day. She loved a good scrabble game and a good conversation. She was so eager for life, a beautiful power of example that I will always remember. I remember stopping at a B & B, up in Cape Breton, and meeting, by pure coincidence a lovely lady named Miss Alice, who had been Judy’s Sunday school teacher. We shared a wonderful time tog., all because of Judy. God’s plan is amazing, so I can only imagine what’s in store for Judy now. All my love and sympathy. Carol

  20. Margie (Livingstone) Murray says:

    Dearest Bob, Paula, Pamela, Carol, David and families,

    My earliest memory of Judy was when she was a young girl spending summers at the old schoolhouse in Cape Breton… She was a beautiful girl, so full of life… she was always so witty with such a great sense of humor, and was never without a quick retort. She never felt sorry for herself and was more concerned with the well-being of others. Her children doted on her and took great care of her along with the incredible attentions of Bob, who is a wonderful human being. She was so fortunate to have found the love of her life as well as the love of Christ and her church…

    She will forever remain in our hearts,

    Always,

    Cousin Margie, Randy and family,

    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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