Judith Ann Mauzaka

Born: Fri., Jun. 5, 2015
Died: Fri., May 15, 2015

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June 5, 1951 – May 15, 2015


Judith Ann Mauzaka, our beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend, sailed away from Branford Hospice in the early hours of May 15th to rest in eternal peace.

Born in New Haven to parents Ewald and Jane Mauzaka, Judy was the loving and devoted mother of Walker Drew Strong and wife of Thomas Strong.


Sister of Patti Rubino (Dan), proud aunt and godmother of Sara DiPaolo (Michael), and Ross Rubino of West Chester, PA, and cousin of Cindy Mauzaka of Branford, Judy was adored for her free spirit, kindness of heart, and courage and strength to take on any challenge before her.


Judy attended public school in New Haven and West Haven. In addition, she was a proud graduate of both the University of Hartford in 1976 and UConn School of Law in 1982. Judy was an attorney at Weinstein, Weiner, Ingall, Napolitano & Shapiro in Bridgeport, CT, where she first met her dear life-long friend Richard Shapiro.  Judy’s proudest achievement of her legal career was the role she played in resolving the Tracy Thurman case, a ruling that mandates police intervention in all domestic disputes nationwide.


Between college and Law School, Judy served as a Vista volunteer in Eastern CT, where she formed an endearing friendship with soon-to-be UConn classmate Kathy Eldergill. Judy lived life full of passion and vigor. A lover of all things adventurous, Judy took part in over thirty-five annual long-distance bike and camping trips throughout North America and Europe with classmates and other close friends.


Always in tune with her sense of inner peace, Judy reaffirmed this calm with annual yoga retreats to Maho Bay, St. John’s, in addition to family trips to Annisquam, Cape Ann as guests of Chris and Esther Pullman. Judy will forever be cherished for her love of nature, life, and selfless care of others. We all love and miss her more than she’ll ever know.


Services will be held privately. To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.


In lieu of flowers, contributions for a commemorative bench at Edgerton Park, in Judy’s honor, may be sent to: http://www.edgertonpark.org






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Donna Ruscavage
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to all of Judy's family, especially Tom and Walker. I am very grateful I had Judy in my life for so many years and will cherish memories of her and hold her in my heart forever.


Ruth Koizim
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
A beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. I will treasure the memory of her friendship forever. To Walker and Tom, Patti and Dan, Ross and Sarah - my deepest condolences for this terrible loss.

LuAnne Valente
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. The world lost a beautiful person when God called Judy home. May she RIP and watch over all who loved her so.

Debbie Yahnke
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy's family during this difficult time. Thinking of all of you...Patti, Dan, Ross, Sara and Mike...may you find comfort in the fact Judy is no longer suffering. May she rest in peace.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Debbie and Rod Yahnke

John Niesyn
   Posted Tue May 26, 2015
Judy successfully represented me in an employment matter in the '90s. During that time I learned what a wonderful person and caring attorney she was. She was everything that is all too rare in the legal profession: honest, full of integrity, decent, and kind. All this in addition to being whip smart and tough.

I admired her to no end, and will continue to admire her as long as I have memory. I'm so sorry that she died so young.

Cherie Mignone
   Posted Tue June 02, 2015
Judy and I were young together, we met in history class in 10th grade and became fast friends. We were fifteen years old and and helped each other through the growing pains of coming of age. I left Connecticut about 10 years later, but Judy was always a special person in my life. Every year there was a birthday card for our mutual birthdays, hers in June and mine in July. Every year she sent a postcard from her famous bike tour. The world has lost a beautiful soul. I send peace and strength and golden light to all of you who were touched by Judy.

Robert Enright
   Posted Tue September 06, 2016
I recently learned, to my immediate dismay and persisting sadness, that Judy had passed away. We shared a tent on a camping trip to the Great Smokies after law school, and for a while we were close. She had a warm heart that was capable of both offering and accepting love. She was a person of essential good will. She cared about social justice, as a person and as a professional. She practiced law with commitment and integrity. I will not forget her. May she rest in peace.