portrait picture for Judith McDonald

Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, CT. Donations: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Judy’s name to the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org to help promote and fund further FTD research.

Judith McDonald


November 12, 1953 - August 9, 2015

Judith (Judy) Lorraine Gailhard McDonald, 61, of Norwalk, Ct. passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 at her home.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, Ct with a reception to follow.

While the loss of a loved one is never easy, even when anticipated, it is all the more difficult when they are taken before their time.  Just as a shooting star is a short-lived, breathtaking experience, so was Judy’s unforgettable life. Judy was born November 12, 1953 in New Rochelle, N.Y.  and was one of five children of the late John Henry and Jennie Palumbo Gailhard of New Rochelle.  She was an attorney and partner in the law firm of Pogostin & Gailhard in New Rochelle where she passionately served the entire community for many years.

Judy is survived by her devoted husband, Christopher McDonald, and loving children Lauren of Queens, N.Y.  and Johnny of Tampa, Fl.; two sisters and two brothers; sister Janet Magee and her husband Chris of Simsbury, Ct. and Nantucket, Ma.; brother John Gailhard of Odenton, Md.; sister Joyce Moses and her husband Brad of Raleigh, N.C.; and brother Jim Gailhard and his wife Debbie of Deming, N.M.; additional sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws are John and Fredda McDonald of Deerfield Beach, Fl.; Susan and Rick Luciano, and Karen and Bill Hutchinson of Warwick, N.Y.

Judy treasured her many nieces and nephews, and never missed an opportunity to make a family member feel loved and appreciated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Judy’s name to the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org to help promote and fund further FTD research.

  1. For my beautiful sister and friend. May God hold you in His arms and keep you in his care. Your loving spirit remains forever in the hearts of your family and friends.

    September 15, 2015
    Joyce Moses -
  • My godmother and wonderful Aunt Judy will be greatly missed. I was lucky to spend most of my childhood close enough to attend lots of family gatherings where I have fantastic memories. Thanks to all my family members who helped take care of her during her final years.We will miss you bunches. xoxo Joanna, Adam, Lindsay, Cooper, & Peedee (cat)

    September 16, 2015
    Joanna Thompson, niece -
  • I will always treasure the memories of Judy’s spirit and joie de vivre. She loved to have fun and we had our share together through the Trinity and Tampa years. May you rest in peace dear Judy and the good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. My sincere condolences to Chris, Lauren and John and your all the extended family. My family will all miss her.

    September 16, 2015
    Betsy McGowan -
  • Goodbye Aunt Judy. Gone but never forgotten. I’ll miss you.

    September 16, 2015
    Lori -
  • Dear Judy,

    I still have memories of Christmas and Thanksgiving from long ago. No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind, but I take comfort in knowing that you are now resting in the arms of our Lord.

    When we lose a loved one here on earth, it is said we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. We can take comfort in knowing that we have you, an angel with the skills of a top notch attorney.

    Although our life paths took us in different directions Judy, the last few times I spoke with you, I was so aware that the bond of love had not weakened. You’re in my heart and my love extends to the rest of our family.

    Your Cousin,
    “Kippy” XOXO

    September 16, 2015
    Ed Fitzgerald (Kip) -
  • Judy,

    I thank God I had the opportunity to know you as well as I did. Your sparkling eyes, quick wit, endless energy and loving ways always impressed me. We wish you well in heaven and know you’ll be watching over us. We extend our condolences to Chris, Lauren and John. We love you.

    Your brother-in-law – Brad

    September 16, 2015
    Brad Moses -
  • Judy was always about fun and family. Our children grew up with Judys caring and loving participation in all our life celebrations. When our grandchildren came along, Judy swarmed them with love and attention. They would literally jump up and down when they heard that Aunt Judy was visiting. A wonderful part of our family is gone and we will miss her terribly. May she rest in peace knowing she had a life very well lived. Chris and Janet Magee

    September 21, 2015
    Chris magee -
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