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Judith T. Ressler
January 31, 2024
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Judith T. "Judy" Ressler, a beacon of nurturing light and unwavering dedication, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024, in Ephrata, PA. Born on October 28, 1943, in Spring City, PA, Judy's life was a remarkable journey of service, love, and compassion. Her legacy is a vibrant tapestry woven with the lives she touched, both through her professional calling and her generous spirit.
Judy was the cherished daughter of Thomas N. and Grace P. (Tilley) Thompson, and she grew up in the warm embrace of Royersford, PA. She was the loving wife of Ernest J. Ressler, Jr., a bond that was a testament to enduring partnership and mutual respect. Together, they raised a family that became Judy's pride and joy. She was the adored mother to Russell "Rusty" J. Ressler and his wife Carla Marino of King of Prussia, and to Kristen R., wife of Mike T. Mattos of Stevens. Judy's heart swelled with love for her grandchildren Bryce P., Ethan M., Mia R., and Jamison B. Ressler, and Maddie E. and Katie J. Mattos, each of whom she held dear as the stars in her sky. Judy was preceded in death by her brother T. Alex Thompson, whose memory remained a cherished part of her life.
A lifelong learner and a guiding force in healthcare, Judy was a proud graduate of Reading Hospital School of Nursing. Her commitment to her profession was unwavering, as she served with distinction as a Registered Nurse at the Reading Hospital for over three decades. Judy's pursuit of knowledge and excellence led her to further her education at Penn State University, where she completed the Paralegal Program. Her expertise and dedication to justice found a new avenue as she became a Medical Paralegal, serving with private law firms in Berks County for over ten years.
Judy's faith and community were the cornerstones of her life. For over fifty years, she was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mohnton, where she found strength and fellowship. Her faith was her compass, guiding her in her "Missions of Mercy," a term lovingly coined by her husband for the countless acts of kindness she performed. Judy's selfless nature shone brightly as she offered rides, visitation, and support to friends and the elderly, embodying the very essence of community service.
An avid animal lover, Judy's compassion knew no bounds. She was a doting mom to numerous dogs and cats throughout her life, each of whom found a safe haven and boundless love in her care. Her involvement with the American Museum of Veterinary History reflected her passion for animals and her desire to preserve their legacy.
Judy's interests were a mirror of her soul—full of love, service, and the joy of living. Her life was a living sermon of the values she held dear: kindness, generosity, and the unwavering belief in the goodness of people. Judy's presence was a gift that enriched the lives of all who knew her, and her memory will continue to inspire and comfort her family, friends, and community.
As we bid farewell to Judith T. "Judy" Ressler, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a woman dearly loved. Her legacy will continue to resonate through the lives of those she touched, and her spirit will forever be woven into the fabric of the community she so dearly cherished. Judy's journey on earth may have concluded, but her light shines on, guiding us with the same love and kindness that she bestowed so freely in life.
A memorial Service and interment will be announced at a later date.