BARCELONA - Judith W. (Whitwood) Hess, age 79, of North Portage Street, Barcelona, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at home with her family by her side following a brief illness.
Judith was born on March 29, 1934 in Westfield, NY, the daughter of the late W. Deo and Virginia (Raynor) Whitwood.
A Barcelona-Westfield area resident all her life, Judy, as she was known, attended Country School in Barcelona and was a 1952 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School and attended Canton ATI (now SUNY Canton). She owned and operated Judy Hess Upholstery for many years in Barcelona. Active and interested in Barcelona, Judy was Trustee for the Barcelona Community Building, where she also maintained a Commercial Fisherman's Museum, for which she was very proud. She enjoyed arts and crafts, household and lawn sales, as well as the craft of stained glass.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Ronald B. Hess Sr., whom she married December 2, 1977 in Portland, NY, and her three daughters: Virginia (Jerry) King of Sherman, NY, Donalyn (Jeff) Franze of Bemus Point, NY, and Laura Rothwell of Ridgecrest, Calif., and her stepson Ronald B. "Rusty" Hess Jr. of Elmira, NY. Judy was the proud grandmother of Renee and Ethan Anderson, Kyle (Jen) Franze, Jacquelyn (Shane) Bruner and Todd Franze, Jordan Rothwell and Matthew and Mitchell Hess. She is further survived by her great-grandson Luke Franze, as well as her two sisters: Janet Dart of the British Virgin Islands and Jayne (Richard) Furman of Brocton, NY. Many nieces and nephews also survive, including Leslie Taylor of Louisville, Ky., who had resided with "Aunt Judy" for several years.
At Judy's request, all services will be private. Her family suggests Memorials be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmont Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY.
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