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Judith Bifano

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Judith B. Bifano, age 63, passed away on Monday, January 9 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. due to complications from a recent Bone Marrow Transplant. She was surrounded by her three children.

She was born in Winthrop, Mass. on December 5, 1953 to Robert and Pauline (Addrisi) McKearney. Judie grew up in East Boston and attended Mount Saint Joseph's High School, followed by Boston State College. She went on to raise her family in Topsfield and Middleton, Mass., and most recently resided in Pelham, NH. For the past 15 years, Judie worked at Blackboard Inc. as a Manager of Global Deal Consultation. She was extremely dedicated to her job and loved working with her Blackboard family every day.

She always saw the good in people and remained positive, even during the more challenging times of her life. Judie was an incredibly loving mother to her three children, as well as caretaker for her own mother, Pauline, for the past 12 years. Most recently, she became a Nonni and adored all the time spent with her beautiful granddaughter.

Judie had an immense love for animals, caring for several cats and dogs through the years, including most recently her schnauzer and two cats. She enjoyed arts and crafts, especially around the holidays. Her Christmas decorations were always memorable, and hosting her family for Christmas dinner was one of her favorite days of the year. Judie was an avid reader, movie lover, and a big fan of "I Love Lucy" and the music of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

Memories of her unforgettable laugh, sarcastic sense of humor and sunny outlook on life ("It's beautiful...") will be cherished. She will be missed dearly.

Judie is predeceased by her father and her sister Kathleen. She is remembered with love by her mother, her oldest son Corey and his wife Katie of Melrose; her son Jeremy of Ipswich; her daughter Stefanie Pangburn, her husband Dan, and granddaughter Gabriella, of Pelham, NH.; as well as the father of her children, Peter Bifano of Naples, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation to the MDS Foundation or Be the Match in Judie's name. A memorial will be held to celebrate Judie's life at a later date.

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