Judith Eger

Judith K. Eger

Saturday, October 25th, 1941 - Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
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Judith K. Eger, 79, of Groton went home to the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Judith was born on October 25, 1941, the daughter of the late Harold and Tamar Kirshner.

Judith’s father Harold taught history and languages and often took Judith to the largest branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. As a result she learned several languages, loved to learn about everything, and was an avid reader all her life. She always had insights from her vast life experience to help others in need of advice. Judith’s mother Tamar was a third grade teacher and guidance counselor who loved to make opportunities for her inner-city students. Walking in her parents’ footsteps, Judith also spent time teaching in her early years. In Brooklyn, Judith was very close to her grandmother, Rebecca Rivlin Gray, who is buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives. A graduate of Harvard, Judith spent a year at the University of Edinburgh to study Celtic languages on a Fulbright scholarship. She spent the next year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "During these years and the ones that followed, she enjoyed writing poetry and she created a number of excellent oil paintings."

Judith married Martin Eger in 1971, and they eventually relocated to this area where Judith worked at Cornell as a program director for many years. Martin died in 2002.

Judith loved to visit over a meal at the Chinese buffet, and many people were the recipients of her generosity throughout the years. At seven years old, she had her own plot at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and throughout her life she took great pleasure in gardening and in the beautiful flowers, foliage, and wildlife around her every season. She enjoyed singing the old hymns – particularly the upbeat ones – and she told wonderful jokes, always building up the suspense with lots of details before getting to the punchline. She was very faithful to pray for people and she loved to get updates on how they were doing, even if she had never met them in person. Mostly, she wanted to bring glory to the Lord Jesus and honor Him with her life.

In addition to her parents, Judith is predeceased by her husband Martin Eger. She is survived by her brother, Ralph Kirshner of Carrboro, North Carolina, and many friends.

A private memorial service will be held in the future with Pastor Bruce Buchanan officiating. If you would like information about the service, please email memorialservice@bereancortland.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berean Bible Church, 726 NY-13, Cortland, NY 13045. To offer condolences online or to share memories of Judith, please visit www.zirbelfuneralhome.com.
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Diane and Joe Sheridan

Posted at 09:31am
Judith was our great friend as well as my colleague at work. Judith, Joe, and I enjoyed many wonderful times together at the Cortland China Buffet where we prayed, enjoyed a meal, and laughed a lot. Her stories about Martin, Ralph, her parents, and her church family, growing up in Brooklyn, college days, and many travels were memorable.
In the past on stressful work days, Judith would invite me to go with her to the golf course to pick up a hot dog and then head for the Plantations to pray, eat, relax, and enjoy nature before heading back to the office.
Judith was a great teacher of others through her words, actions, and example. May you enjoy your continued life with God, Judith!

Nancy Ledger

Posted at 01:30am
My condolences to Judith's family and friends. Her memories will live on in you all. When you are ready to smile again, let her memories put a smile on your face & love in your heart. May Judith Rest in Peace.

Sarah Salter

Posted at 05:57pm
Judith was a vibrant presence in my freshman year dormitory at Radcliffe. She was funny, outgoing, and delightfully dramatic in presenting her witty observations. The one I recall most clearly was her mock horror at being served a round pinkish slice of ham in our dining room: "Boiled child!" Our table dissolved in laughter, not just at the unfortunately apt description, but also at the veiled dig at the administrative decision to serve everyone the same without regard to personal dietary practices, especially the significant number of residents who did not eat pork for religious reasons.

bethel charkoudian

Posted at 03:22pm
As we used to sing joyously when we were kids,
"When we all get to heaven . . .
What a wonderful moment that will be . . .
When we all see Jesus,
We'll sing and SHOUT the victory!"

bethel charkoudian

Posted at 01:51pm
Judith Kirshner, Bethel's college classmate and dear friend, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from college, Bethel would travel to Brooklyn to visit Judith. And, of course, traveling between Brooklyn and New York City, the two young women experienced many adventures. Thinking back to those days, she finds it hard to give credence to the fact that, at the end of the day, a day of escapades in Manhattan, Bethell and Judith would be so tired, that after boarding the "A" train, they would stretch out on the seats of the subway car, seats on opposite sides of the car, and catch a wink of sleep as the train sped on its way to Brooklyn, carrying Judith and Bethell. Somehow they always woke up in time to get off the train at the right stop... Believe it or not, that's the truth, and I'm stickin' with it!!!

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