Judith A. (McKenzie) Ziccolella – of Reading, died peacefully, June 3rd with her family by her side at the age of seventy-nine. Beloved wife of the late Vincent S. Ziccolella. Proud mother of Carmen M. Bates, her husband Robert of NY, Lennie Kay Colon, her husband Ramon of NY, Gina L. Martin, her husband Ted of Reading and the late Vincent S. Ziccolella, Jr. Cherished grandmother of Vincent S. Ziccolella III, Stetson Bates, his wife Amanda, Tanner and Nicholas Bates, Ramon and Leighla Colon and McKenzie, Luke, and Alexa Martin. Dear sister of Patrick McKenzie, his wife Ginny of VT, Suzie McKenzie of VT, Kay McKenzie of CA, Dennis McKenzie, his wife Nora of VT, Brian McKenzie, his wife Anne of VT, Bruce McKenzie, his companion Keiko Kokubun of VT, and the late Joe, Steve and Bill McKenzie and Thelma Maple. Judy will be buried privately next to her loving husband at Mariner Sands Memorial Garden in Stuart, Florida on Sunday, June 12, 2022. A celebration of her life will take place at Tesora D’Italia in Pleasantville, New York from 1:00 – 4:00 on Saturday, July 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Michael’s College (www.smcvt.edu) or Care Dimensions Hospice (www.giving.caredimensions.org).
Judith (“Judy”) A. (McKenzie) Ziccolella passed away peacefully on June 3, 2022. She was 79 years old. Judy was a loving mom, wife, and friend to many. She loved her family fiercely. She had a quiet strength about her, overcoming years of illness to continue countless adventures with her family and friends and watch all of her children get married and have their own children.
Judy grew up in Burlington, Vermont, where she lived with her mother and ten brothers and sisters, following her father’s tragic death when Judy was just nine years old. After graduating from Rice High School in 1961, she became a licensed practical nurse. When she was eighteen, she was set up on a blind date with Vinnie Ziccolella, by their dear friend who must have truly believed in the adage that opposites attract. They married in April of 1964. They welcomed their oldest, Vincent S. Ziccolella (“Jimmy”), later that year and over the next six years welcomed three daughters, Carmen, Lennie Kay, and Gina. After their youngest was born, at Vinnie’s urging, Judy left nursing to become a special education teacher. Judy graduated from Pace University in 1978, with a degree in Education. Over the next several years, she would continue to work, take classes at night, and raise her four children, obtaining a master’s degree from College of New Rochelle in Special Education in 1981.
Vinnie and Judy raised their children in Pleasantville, New York, where Judy was a teacher for individuals with intellectual disabilities and high behavioral needs. After classroom teaching for many years, she convinced her principal to create a program that would teach her students life-skills. Although more than twenty-five years ago now, her weekly trips to the local supermarket with her students are still fondly remembered by many in town.
Judy loved to read, to laugh, and to drink red wine, but she loved spending time with family more than anything else. Her nine grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy. Despite her years of illness, she never complained and never lost her zest for life. Her capacity for love and compassion for those in need was immense. Judy was the epitome of a nurturer. She was a second mom to countless of her friends’ children. Her ability to deeply connect with others was truly remarkable.
Judy is survived by her three girls Carmen, Lennie Kay, and Gina; her sons-in-law Robert Bates, Ramon Colon, and Edward “Ted” Martin; her grandchildren R. Stetson Bates and his wife Amanda, Vincent S. Ziccolella, III, Tanner Bates, Nicholas Bates, McKenzie Martin, Luke Martin, Alexa Martin, Ramon Vincent Colon, and Leighla Colon; and her siblings, Patrick, Kay, Suzie, Dennis, Brian, and Bruce McKenzie. Judy’s husband, Vinnie, and son, Jimmy, predeceased her, as did her siblings, Joe, Bill, and Steve McKenzie, and Thelma Maple.
Judy will be buried privately next to her loving husband at Mariner Sands Memorial Garden in Stuart, Florida on Sunday, June 12, 2022. A celebration of her life will take place at Tesora D’Italia in Pleasantville, New York from 1:00 – 4:00 on Saturday, July 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Michael’s College (www.smcvt.edu) or Care Dimensions Hospice (www.giving.caredimensions.org).
Arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judith’s memory to St. Michael’s College One Winooski Park, Box 256 Colchester, VT 05439 or Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923