Judith A. (McKenzie) Ziccolella

June 3, 2022

Judith A. (McKenzie) Ziccolella

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

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  1. Kate & John Arens

    It is with much sadness that we learn of Judy’s passing. The love she showed for her family and friends will forever be in our hearts. Kate,Samantha & John

  2. Frank Del Campo

    Carmen and family The Del Campo family is deeply saddened to hear of your
    Moms passing. Please know we thought and prayed for her each day since. the news of your father’s death We have great memories of our times together and we pray for all your family during this sad time The Del Campos

  3. Gina & Family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your Mom. Wishing you all comfort and peace during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories sustain you all in the days ahead.

    With Sympathy,

    Bill Duffy

  4. RIP Mrs. Zic. Your smile was always warm and inviting. Condolences to the family. You will truly be missed by all.

  5. Mary McGinniss

    Kate and I are thinking of you all. Sending our love and hoping that your grieving is gentle. Your Mother was / is such a light and true person.
    Much love, Mary

  6. Ralph Dzenutis

    Wishing you all the very best of memories in this time of mourning 😔
    All my love and sincerest of condolences ❤️‍🩹

  7. My sincere condolences to everyone. I worked with Judy for many years at Edenwald. Her laughter, smile, love, and spirit for adventure were incredible.
    I am so sad to hear of her passing. I am sending love and hugs to everyone.
    Your parents were gems. With love, JoAnne White

  8. Gina, Ted, McKenzie, Luke, and Alexa,
    I am so sorry that your beloved mother/mother-in-law/Grandma has passed away. She now is reunited with your wonderful father/father-in-law/Poppa and Uncle Jimmy, and her suffering is over. I will be forever grateful how Judy always made me feel welcome and a part of her family. I will cherish the wonderful memories of our many Christmases in Florida together. I am so happy to have been able to spend time with her at your house over the past few months. She has left an incredible legacy with a life well lived. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss her.
    Love, Aunt Kate

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