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Judith A. Berwald

Judith A. “Judy” Berwald (nee Smith), age 68, of Fairview Park, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital following a short illness.

Born November 23, 1950 in Elyria, she was a lifelong resident of Cuyahoga County.  Judy attended Sunbeam School in the 1950’s and graduated from Westlake High School in 1969.  She also attended Wright State University and Cleveland State University, receiving a bachelors and master’s degree.

Judy was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in Fairview Park and loved to read and learn.  She volunteered with the United Cerebral Palsy and enjoyed mentoring college students with cerebral palsy.

Surviving is her mother, Mary Hartling of Amherst; father, Howard Smith of North Ridgeville; brothers, Rick Smith of Bellaire, TX, Chris Smith of Centerville, TX and Tim Smith of Henderson, NV; sisters, Molly O’Neill of Amherst and Cheryl Zinck of Centerville, OH; and 16 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Berwald in 2016; step father, Ernest K. Hartling; and sisters, Susan Smith and Cindy Smith.

A memorial mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 11:30 A.M. in St. Angela Merici Parish, 20970 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, Lorain, is handling the arrangements.

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To the Berwald family.
While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, I pray that the God of all comfort and the love of family and friends help to console you today and in the days ahead.May your hearts receive comfort to know that Judith is safe in God's memory and in the promise he gives at Job 14:14,15. Until then hold on to the precious time and the love you shared.

Doris Walker Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Judith Berwald

Victoria Thompson Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

Youre with Mike now dancing in heaven so blessed that I knew both you and were blessed people

Owen Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with Judy's family. Her and Mike are together forever now.

Jackie Moretz Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

Linda and Kevin send our condolences to the family and all of Judy's friends. Judy was a dear friend for over 40 years as we met at Cleveland State in 1974. The best way to sum up a life well lived is to remember her courage and positive example to never say never. No challenge or impairment should stop us from doing our best and living life to its fullest. Despite all of her challenges Judy was always ready to help and to show the way. God bless her,we love her always and she and Mike will never be forgotten by all of us whose lives were made better for knowing them both.

Kevin Barrett Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Judith Berwald

Molly Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM

Judy, my beautiful eldest child, I am so glad I was able to help you have a happy and productive life. I love you and pray for me

Mom Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM