Judith A. Furnari

OSWEGO, NY – Judith A. Furnari, 37, a resident of 245 E. Eighth St., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday Feb. 3, 2011, at her home.

Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of James and Shirley (Haws) Furnari of Oswego.

Judith A. Furnari
Judith A. Furnari

She was a graduate of St. Paul’s Academy (now Trinity Catholic School) and Bishop Cunningham High School, Class of 1991.

She was also a graduate of both Oswego State and Syracuse University, while earning a Master’s Degree from each.

Judy had been employed as a librarian with the Oswego City School District and later with Hannibal schools.

She enjoyed music, gardening and photography and loved to draw and create her own art.

Judy had a special love for all animals.

Beside her parents, Judy is survived by two sisters, Sandra (David) Birdsell of Palermo and Shari (James) North of Oswego; a niece, Becca North; a nephew, David Birdsell Jr.; and two great-nieces.

She is also survived by her fiancé, Larry Bond.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Spring burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.

Contributions in Judy’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 50 E. Mohawk St., Oswego, NY 13126.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Judy. She was such a sweet young woman. A few years back she babysat my children for me. The kids loved her! She will be truly missed by many people! RIP Judy!

  2. I am sooo sorry for you loss! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Louise

  3. I’ve known Judy since kindergarten and recently reconnected with her on facebook. She was a very kind and special person and a great friend during my school years.

    I’d like to give Judy’s parents and sisters my condolences from me and my family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    -Jimmy Boyer

  4. Tom and I were so sorry to hear of Judy’s death. We enjoyed seeing her at the library in Oswego when we would be in town from out of state. She talked about her job and the children she worked with.
    We pray that God gives her family strength and comforts them at this time.

    Love, Laurel and Tom Scott

  5. Jim & Shirley –

    We are very sad to hear about Judy’s passing. What a wonderful person she was. I always enjoyed our chats — she was just a very special person. Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. RIP Judy….

    Laura & Scott Bovay

  6. Jim and Shirley,
    I was so struck to hear of Judy’s passing. There aren’t words to describe how she will be missed by Harley, Chris and I. She was a major part of the reason why he is a wonderful reader and loves books and the library so much. Our hearts go out to you all. She was a brilliant light unto all of us who was extinguished way too soon!

    Sincerest condolences,
    Vicki Willoughby
    Chris Brinkman
    Harley Brinkman

  7. Shirley & Jim,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Judy was always such a good friend when I was younger. She was always full of energy and alot of fun to be around. She’s the 1st friend whom I felt I had a true connection with….I always remember her calling me as I was calling her and we’d always be freaked out that the phone didn’t ring. I feel bad that our paths did not cross in our adult lives, I moved to FL and she went onto College.

    Again, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and may Judy rest in peace. My heart goes out to her loved ones!!


  8. I would not have made it through Russian grammar in graduate school were it not for my tutor, Judy. Over the years, seeing her smiling face in many of the same places my husband and I frequented was always a pleasure. I have to say I am still thunderstruck at the loss.

    For her family, especially her aging parents, I am so very sorry to hear of this. Know that many, many people have sympathy for you and your family.

    God bless you, Judy. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

    Debbie and Ray Engelke

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