December 8, 1955 - May 22, 2014
Former Common Councilwoman, Board of Education Member, Librarian
Judith Rivas, former Director of Library Information Services for the Norwalk Public Library passed away May 22, 2014.
Judith was born December 8, 1955 in the Bronx to the late Ismael and Ramona Rivas. She worked at the library for over 28 years, where she loved helping everyone who came through the doors.
She was graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Fordham University, and Southern Connecticut State University with a masters degree in library science. Judith was a co-founder and active member of the former, but long lived, United Hispanic Action of Norwalk (UHAN), as well as a member of several other community organizations. She especially enjoyed her work with the Wilkerson Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to needy but promising students in the Norwalk high schools.
In 1997, Judith joined the Norwalk Common Council to complete the unfinished term of then State Representative Joseph Clemmons, who had been elected to the State Legislature. She proceeded to be elected to three consecutive terms in her own right. One of her proudest actions while serving on the council was advocating for the city to purchase Fodor Farm, which was slated to become an oversized condominium development. The city bought the parcel, and after several years of laying fallow, the farm was restored and is now a real gem for the City of Norwalk. Judith was then elected to the Board of Education where she served for two and a half years before leaving to care for an ailing parent.
Judith is survived by her loving husband Neil Hershkowitz, her dear sister Migdalia Rivas, along with her niece and nephew Jessica and Daniel Joseph of Norwalk. She also leaves behind another dear sister and brother, Haydee and Ismael Rivas, stepmother Carmen Rivas, stepsister Zaida Hernandez and a niece Nancy Rodriguez, all from the Bronx. Sister-in-law Eileen Goldsmith and husband Martin of Roslyn, New York, will also treasure her memory. Finally, she is survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins in places near and far.
Services will be held Sunday, May 25, at 11:00 am at Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Avenue, Norwalk; internment immediately following at Independent Hebrew/Temple Shalom Cemetery on Richards Avenue.
Shiva will be observed at the Hershkowitz/Rivas home, Sunday, May 25, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm; and Monday and Tuesday, noon to 8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Temple Shalom, the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, the Lustgarden Foundation for Pancreatic Research, or the Wilkerson Scholarship Fund c/o Jules Lang Esq, Lepofsky, Lepofsky and Lang, 16 River Street Norwalk, Connecticut.