Judith Marie Brzoska Naples, Fla.
Born May 11, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Phillip and Maxine (Fiedrick) LaPorte, Judy graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee. In 1961 she obtained her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University where she later earned her B.A. She worked in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin and later taught Dental Hygiene at Madison Area Technical College while attending the University of Wisconsin to obtain an M.A. in Educational Administration.
On May 12, 1973 she married David William Brzoska of Wilmington, Delaware and they moved to Springfield, Ohio where Judy became the founder and first chairperson of the Dental Hygiene program at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The program was accredited in record time and has since provided the region with over 700 Dental Hygienists. In 1976 they left Ohio and took over the dental practice of Dr. C. J. Alexander in Lawrence, Kansas, where they worked together until their retirement to Naples, Florida in 2003.
Judy always had a love for the theater and was active in the Madison Community Theater. In Lawrence she helped found the Friends of the Kansas University Theater and in Naples she was an ardent supporter and first season ticket holder of The Theater Zone.
Her keen interest in travel, nature and photography, combined with her leadership and organizational skills, led to her direction of over 20 adventure tours and small boat cruises from the Caribbean to South Africa to Peru, Brazil, Greece, Bali and Cambodia. In Lawrence, Kansas, she led pilgrimages for the parishioners of St. John’s Church to Mexico, Ireland and Italy. In Naples she quickly became involved in committees in the Island Walk Community and served as Historian of the Naples Garden Club.
Judy is survived by her husband, David, of Naples; her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Juli LaPorte of Paradise Valley, AZ.; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Linda Brzoska, her nieces Olivia, Christina and Natalie LaPorte; and nephews, Tommy LaPorte, and Mark and Daniel Brzoska.
A memorial service will be held at St. Ann R.C. Church, 475 9th Avenue South, Naples, Florida at 11AM on Monday, April 23.
Memorial Donations may be made to The Theater Zone (www.TheatreZone-Florida.com) or the Naples Botanical Gardens (www. naplesgarden.org.)