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 firstname.lastname@example.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.