September 22, 1931 - October 12, 2011
Judy Salzer, League of Women Voters President, Editor/Writer
Judy Salzer passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Judith Sybil Freilich in Brooklyn, New York on September 22nd, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Flo Freilich.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Willard M. Salzer, and her three daughters, Nancy Salzer of Arlington, MA, Jan Salzer-Ogden and her husband Elton Ogden of Lanesborough, MA, and Susanne O’Donohue of Hillsborough, NJ. She is also survived by five grandsons, Gabriel Salzer, Zachary and Benjamin Ogden, and Jamie and Cory O’Donohue, and by her brother Arthur Freilich of Chatsworth, California.
Judy Graduated from Brooklyn’s James Madison High School and from Brooklyn College. She pursued graduate studies in communications at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
A highlight of her college career was working on the Brooklyn College newspaper, Vanguard, which gained some notoriety in the 1950s when suspended for its outspoken, idealistic views. Judy made friendships here that lasted her lifetime. Judy was active in local and national politics since arriving in Norwalk 53 years ago. She served as President of the League of Women Voters in the 1960s and over the years was on many commissions, committees and boards including the Norwalk Human Relations Commission, the West Norwalk Association and the Association for Better Community Design. She was an early member of Temple Shalom.
Her career began as a copywriter for Macy’s in San Francisco, the city where she met her husband. She was feature editor for the Park Forest News in Illinois where she often researched articles with her infant daughter in tow. She worked in the communications department and as an editor at the Pepperidge Farms Corporate headquarters. She spent nearly 20 years working for Infoline and its parent organization the United Way of Connecticut, being instrumental in setting up the 211 phone system in CT for accessing information on community services. After retiring, she divided her time between Norwalk and Naples Florida. Judy loved spending time with family and her extensive network of friends. She relished travel, culture, tennis, summer evenings at Roton Point, and Winning at Scrabble.
Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 16th, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will follow in Temple Shalom Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers donations in Judy’s name may be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation c/o Whittingham Cancer Center, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org .