Beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Writer, lover of opera, theatre, books, travel and daily water aerobics. Judy, a resident of Coronado Shores for 46 years, died on January 2, 2022.
Judy was born in Calumet City, Illnois, to Sol Benjamin and Thelma (Manalan). She graduated at the top of her class from Indiana University in Bloomington with degrees in journalism and Spanish. She enjoyed being the editor of the college newspaper and was an enthusiastic member of Sigma Delta Tau.
Shortly after college, Judy married Mandel (Del) Himelstein and they moved to Phoenix where they raised their children. Judy was a passionate community organizer, serving on the school board, serving as president of the PTA, and fighting for many political causes. She also co-founded the Temple Beth Israel Museum.
After moving to Coronado, Judy organized book, opera, and history groups. She frequented the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Opera, and local museums. She was a committed volunteer, teaching single teenage mothers essential life skills. Judy was also a founding member of Water Babies, a water aerobics group that meets every morning at Shores Pool.
Memories of Judy’s warm heart and bright red smile will be cherished by all who knew her. A private keepsake of his good life will be held by the family. She is survived by her children, Scott, Lisa and Linda, and five grandchildren. Contributions to the San Diego Opera in his honor would be appropriate if desired.