Obit: Judith Ann Fryda


Judith Ann Fryda, 75, of South Williamsport, passed away Saturday, August 5, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.   

She was born May 21, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois.  The daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Bennett) Gillette.  Surviving is her husband Lawrence Fryda (Married, February 19, 1994), two daughters; LaDonna (Bradley) Miller of Florida and LeAnna Koerner of Florida, two step sons Bradley (Natalie) Stokes of Colorado and Christopher (Tamera) Fryda of Colorado, two granddaughters; Megan Diller of Florida and Carly Diller of Illinois and one sister, Linnea (Galen) Donley of Illinois.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Lea Elliott and in-laws James and Maxine Fryda. 

She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School (1960) and attended Mennonite School of Nursing.  Judy was a board certified Echo-cardiographer, EMT and supervisor / teacher of Echo-cardiology at Bromenn Hospital, Bloomington IL and Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, PA.  She also taught in hospitals in Vladimir, Russia and Accra, Ghana.

Judy enjoyed international travel (Italy, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Australia, Ghana, South Africa and England).  Many of these travels allowed her and her husband to work on humanitarian aid projects in the developing world. 

She shared her love with family and friends by spending quality time together.  She never missed a birthday or anniversary. Judy loved the ability to access each of their lives through the world of social media and stayed close though miles divided them.  

Her love of life, her courage and caring heart will be missed by all. She was a life time member of the United Methodist Church.

A funeral service to honor Judy’s life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at Pine Street United Methodist Church 441 Pine St.Williamsport, with the Rev. Douglas M. Eberly officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Pine St. UMC.

Burial will be in Piper City, Illinois with a memorial service in Chatsworth, Illinois at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Judy’s name be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, c/o Lung Cancer Treatment Center or Pine Street UMC, 441 Pine St.,  Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.