Judith C. Hammel, 86, of Rye, N.Y., passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020 with her loving family by her side.
Born on October 28, 1933, in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of Charles and Carmela (Lydon) Wenderoth. She lived for 20 years in White Plains, New York, before moving to Rye in 1981.
After attending Becker Junior College (now Becker College) in Worcester, Mass., Judy worked at General Electric in Manhattan, a job she loved. Fatefully, working at GE led to an introduction to her soon-to-be husband, George Robert Hammel. They were married on June 25, 1960.
Mrs. Hammel loved the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and continued working for several years after marriage, until starting a family.
Active in her children’s schools, she especially enjoyed working in school libraries. For many years, she also worked in Rye City Hall.
Affectionately known as “Sarge”, for her command of household activities and her strong work ethic, she lovingly instilled in her children the importance of discipline, respect, and a hard day’s work. Her family noted that she had a lifelong curiosity, exemplified by her love of travel and voracious appetite for reading. “Judy was game to try any sporting activity, especially with her children, from sailing to skating to skiing to fishing. Throughout her life, she was very creative and artistic, and a talented painter.
In addition to her three children, Karen Ruge, Jeff Hammel, and Jean Hammel Hiraman, Mrs. Hammel is survived by six wonderful grandchildren, and her devoted husband of nearly 60 years, George Hammel. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Winter. She was predeceased by her sister Carmela (Nikki) Robertson.
Visitation and services will be private.
Donations in Judy Hammel’s memory may be made to Carver Center (400 Westchester Ave, Port Chester NY 10573). To place an online condolence, visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com.