Judith Ann Fleischner Obituary – Tucson, AZ


died on February 11, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Judy was born on January 14, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Solomon and Mollie Steinfeld. She and her younger brother Joel grew up in Malverne, New York. In 1958 she married Dr. Gerald Michael Fleischner. The following year she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Queens College, New York. She and Gerry eventually settled in Chappaqua, New York with their children Cecelia “Cindy” and son Jeffrey. Judy earned a masters degree in education with a focus on the visually impaired from Hunter College in 1975. In 1975 she was also awarded the Merle E. Frampton Special Education Award. Devoted to education, Judy began her career as an elementary school teacher and later focused on teaching blind and visually impaired children for the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in Putnam-Northern Westchester Counties. In 2001 she was named teacher of the year by BOCES. She also taught graduates from Hunter College and Columbia University, specializing in the visually impaired. Judy expanded her passion for learning to include her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, using an example to show that she was never an arm away from a pile of books and an NYT crossword puzzle. She will be remembered with love for her handwritten letters and cards and for celebrating each milestone. To everyone who knew her, she was a dedicated mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend. Judy is survived by her 62-year-old husband, Gerald Fleischner, MD. Brother Joel Steinfeld, DMD (Alice) Tucson, Arizona; Daughter Cecelia A. Fleischner and granddaughter Mollie Cantor Denver, Colorado and son Jeffrey C. Fleischner (Jamie) and grandson Joshua and Jack Fleischner Englewood, Colorado; Nephew Jacob Steinfeld (Mercedes) and niece Amy Small (Benjamin). The family recognizes the exceptional care Judy has received from her doctors and Tucson Hospice Casa de la Luz. Donate to the University of Arizona Cancer Center https://cancercenter.arizona.edu/about/giving. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on February 16, 2021.

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