Meadville Tribune

December 31, 2013

Judy Lorraine Downing

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Judy Lorraine Downing, 58, of 15486 Woodrow Drive, Meadville, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at home.

Judy was born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 7, 1955, a daughter of John and Jessie Spencer Almasi. On July 16, 1977, Judy married Dr. Timothy M. Downing, MD; he survives.

She was a member of St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Meadville.

Judy was employed as the office administrator at Meadville Pediatrics, PC. She had previously been employed by Allegheny College as a chemistry lab instructor and by Free-Col Laboratories where she worked both as a chemist as well as in Human Resources and Personnel. In her earlier years Judy was employed as a chemist for Gulf Research in Harmarville. A 1973 graduate of Gateway High School, Monroeville, Judy went on to further her education by earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from Gannon University and later earned her master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. Judy will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She particularly enjoyed and delighted in her three grandchildren, Owen, Clara and Sammy. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, Timothy, of 36 years, Judy is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Ferguson and her husband, Andrew, Sarah Gramc and her husband, Joseph, and Laura Downing, all of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Owen Ferguson, Clara Ferguson and Samuel Gramc; her parents, John and Jessie Almasi of Monroeville; two sisters, JoAnn Suchko and her husband, Eric, of Greensburg, and Janice Almasi of Lexington, Ky.; a brother, John C. Almasi and his wife, Karin, of Melbourne, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, at 10 a.m. on Friday, with Father Marc Solomon, pastor, as celebrant.

Entombment will take place in St. Brigid Cemetery, West Mead Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made online to or by mail to Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. Eighth St., Erie, Pa. 16501; or Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., or Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, both of Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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