STAMFORD, Conn. -- Judith "Judy" Martin, wife of Stamford Mayor David Martin, died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 63.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. The family will be available to meet with friends at the Temple immediately after the service.
Judy Martin was born in Framingham, Mass., to Rhoda and Sidney Reasenberg. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in cultural anthropology and received an MBA from the Wharton Business School.
In 1979, she joined Consolidated Rail Corp., (ConRail) where she met her husband, David. After several years, they settled in Stamford, where Judy Martin continued a successful career in business. She retired from Pitney Bowes as a vice president of marketing.
After that, she began a second career, pursuing her passion for children's literacy. She returned to school, graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a master's degree in education, and began teaching reading to kindergarten through third grade students at Northeast Elementary School in Stamford.
Teaching reading to children gave her so much joy that she continued her work even during her illness. Her last day of work was Monday, Nov. 7.
In 2008, Judy and David Martin founded Starfish Connection, a small nonprofit in the memories of their mothers, Rhoda Reasenberg and June Martin.
The mentoring organization's mission is to help academically motivated children from disadvantaged families reach their potential and realize their dreams of attending college. The original cohort of "Starfish" have recently submitted their college applications and look forward to matriculating next fall.
She was a member of Reading Partners, helped to resurrect Project Music in Stamford in 2014, and was an active member in Chavurat Aytz Chayim.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Rachel and Sarah Martin; son-in-law, Ethan Feldman; sisters Stella Davis and Deborah Stellini; father-in-law Gene Martin; brother-in-law Kevin Martin; and a long list of nieces, nephew and lifelong friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Rhoda and Sidney Reasenberg, and mother-in-law, June Martin.
Memorial donations may be made to the Starfish Connection, 1127 High Ridge Road, No. 255, Stamford, CT 06905. Condolences may be offered at www.leopgallagherstamford.com .