Judy A. Gelder

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 August 2020 at 8:45 pm

Judy GelderJudy A. Gelder, of Medina, entered into rest on Aug. 13, 2020 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was born Aug. 1, 1939 in Watertown, the only child of the late Roy and Keitha (Tripp) DeRocher.

She graduated from Watertown High School in the class of 1955. Judy went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT, she met her soon-to-be husband, Robert P. Gelder. The couple were married on Oct. 3, 1959 and, soon after, moved to the Medina area.

An active member of the community, Judy was a member of Shelridge Country Club and was a TWIG volunteer at Medina Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed playing tennis, golfing and football, and she was an avid reader. Judy also enjoyed quilting and arts and crafts and had a passion for interior design. She will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Beside her parents, Judy was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Gelder, in 2018.

She is survived by her five children, Karie (Rick) Johnson, Lori (Donald) Kleinschmidt, Timothy (Cheryl) Gelder, Meg (Mark) Schrader and Matthew (Melissa) Gelder; 13 grandchildren, Drs. Patrick (Shaelyn) Johnson, Brian Johnson, and Hannah (Seth) Shay, Adam Kleinschmidt, Ashley (Ryan) Overholt and Aaron Kleinschmidt, Bradley, Ryan, Matthew and Jack Gelder, Ruby Gelder, Hazel and Matilda Schrader; and sisters-in-law, Kathleen June (Ken) Gillette and Dorothy Gelder.

Services will be privately held by the family. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.