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Julianna “Judy” Ford Saydlowski

Julianna Ford Saydlowski died peacefully, in the company of family and friends, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE, on June 4, 2024. She was 84.

Judy was born in 1939, in Jamestown, NY, to Andon and Galata (Stralla) Ford. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from SUNY Cortland, Judy followed her passion and began teaching in the Rush-Henrietta School system in Rochester, NY. She especially loved teaching children to read—she likened it to giving kids a superpower, opening the door to a universe of knowledge and imagination.

While in Rochester, Judy met and married her lifelong love, Bernard “Bernie” Saydlowski. In 1969, they moved to Towanda, PA, where they raised their young family and remained for 15 years. A career DuPont employee, Bernie then relocated their family to Wilmington, DE, where Judy and Bernie thrived together for the next 40 years.

Judy volunteered with many organizations, enriching her communities with her boundless energy. As an active member of the American Association of University Women for over 50 years, she was a champion of gender equality for women and girls through education, mentorship, and advocacy. Judy was a steadfast advocate for the needs of the poor and homeless. She was a member of the Ministry of Caring Guild in Wilmington, DE, and served on the Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Village II, a 26-unit housing project for very low-income senior citizens. She was also a proud founding member of a successful NAIC women’s Investment Club in Wilmington (often boasting about her club’s portfolio performance, and the contributions of some of her growth stock picks). And, for over 25 years, Judy was an education volunteer at the Hagley Museum, where she enjoyed interacting with visitors, sharing her enthusiasm for history, science, technology, and nature.

She was modest about her own abilities and quick to praise others. With an infectious laugh, Judy had the gift of making people feel welcome. She was a woman of deep faith, and had a cherished circle of lifelong friends. She loved to travel and shared friendships with people from around the world. Recently, she particularly enjoyed spending time with her beloved “Movie Mavins.”  Judy’s love of entertaining and gardening was evident to all who visited her warm and welcoming home.

Judy joins in Heaven her loving husband Bernie, older sister Ramona Ford Ticco, and older brother Robert Ford.  A proud mother and “Grammy,” she is survived by her children, Bernard Karl Saydlowski Jr. (Karen), Ann Katherine Saydlowski (Nathalie), and John Christopher Saydlowski (Grace), three grandchildren (Millie, Jay, and Carrolline), younger brother Theodore Ford, sister-in-law Dorothy Wilson, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

The Saydlowski family would like to thank the incredible professionals at Delaware Hospice, who cared for Judy in her final days.

Funeral Services

A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Greenville, DE, on June 15th at 10:30am. The family will receive visitors beginning at 9:30am. A graveside ceremony will take place following the mass at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Ministry of Caring, Inc.  or the Wilmington Chapter of the American Association University of Women.



    Patricia Orphanos lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. I loved going to her house to visit Aunt Mona. She was always so kind and welcoming. May her memory be eternal.🙏
    06/08/2024 07:10 pm
    Marlene Ornston lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences. Judy was a special and kind person.
    06/09/2024 12:45 pm
    Jean Saydlowski writes,
    Aunt Judy was such an inspiration. She was so smart, caring and very funny. I always enjoyed our phone calls and visiting her and Uncle Bernie. From the moment you entered their home you felt welcomed and loved. With deepest sympathy and love Jeannie
    06/10/2024 01:41 pm
    Br. Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap. writes,
    To Bernard, Ann, and John and the Saydlowski family from the Ministry of Caring 'family': may it help to know that others share your loss and are holding you close in prayer and thought. We pray that your memories of joyful family times give you comfort and that God's love brings you peace. Judy and Bernie were beloved members of the Ministry's family and were deeply involved in our work among the poor. Thank you for remembering Judy's life of faith, family, community, and service to others by caring for the poorest among she and Bernie did. We are very grateful for your thoughtfulness. Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Br. Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap.
    06/10/2024 05:30 pm
    Bob Saydlowski writes,
    My Aunt Judy was just simply a great lady. Always positive, always encouraging and so proud of her children. I’m so thankful we got to see each other this January. She’s now with my Uncle Bernie and I will miss them both dearly. Wishing the entire family peace and strength.
    06/11/2024 11:39 pm
    Connie Marker Short lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful woman, my friend and classmate from JHS in Jamestown NY. It was always a joy to see Judy at reunions, always smiling and always so kind. Rest in peace my friend. ❤️
    06/12/2024 02:14 am
    Anita Sterling writes,
    Judy was a gracious lady and one of the first members of AAUW Wilmington Branch to extend her hospitality and welcome to me upon my joining the Branch more than 30 years ago. She was a wonderful role model.
    06/12/2024 07:55 am
    Margaret Kadlecek writes,
    Judy was kindhearted, smart talented and a beautiful soul. She was the first to welcome me, after moving to Delware from Texas. Because of her, I made friendships, joined AAUW, volunteered with Ministry of Caring. Our friendship with Judy and Bernie made those eleven years in Delaware some of the happiest years of my life, much due to Judy's friendship. I will always miss her.
    06/12/2024 12:13 pm
    Elaine Anderson Muirhead writes,
    My Sincerest Sympathies to Everyone. I have the fondest Memories of Judy as a classmate at JHS 1957! We had the best time laughing especially in Gym Class. Judy was so supportive and friendly to Everyone !
    06/12/2024 04:05 pm
    LouisePillittieri lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest sympathy to Judy’s family. I have many fond memories of our high school days and all of the many good times we had. Always happy to see Judy at our reunions. Sending love and God’s blessings to all of Judy’s family
    06/12/2024 10:06 pm
    TED FORD lit a candle and writes,
    Farewell my dear sweet Sister! Rest in peace with your beloved Bernie! Thank You for your sibling love, friendship, caring, chats, advice, good times and fond memories! You set a good example to follow! My love for You will never die! You will be missed and cherised by me, family and many others! My condolences, love, hugs and thanks to Ann, Karl and John!
    06/13/2024 05:45 pm
    Nicole Neesham writes,
    I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. In reading the previous notes I must say I agree with every one of the qualities attributed to Judy. She was a delight to know and will be missed by many.
    06/13/2024 09:13 pm
    Roberta Yarker Smith lit a candle and writes,
    Judy was always an enthusiastic supporter of AAUW where I met her. I admired her kindness and thoughtfulness and will miss her very much.
    06/15/2024 08:12 am

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