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Judy K. Freaney

May 24, 1941 — January 27, 2023

Bradford, PA

Judy K. Freaney, 81, of Bradford, PA passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 in the comfort of her Downingtown home. She was the daughter of the late Jane (Smith) and Joseph Healey but was raised by her mother Jane and her stepfather, Bill Evans. She was the wife of 59 years to John P. Freaney.

Judy was a graduate of St Bernard Highschool, class of 1959 and received her college degree in education from Villa Maria College in 1963. Two weeks after graduation she and John were married. She taught at St. Bernard Elementary school until 1966 when John was deployed in the Navy. They moved to California where she taught 3rd grade in Chula Vista until 1968. When she and John returned to Bradford, she continued teaching at St Bernard School until 1984. She was known as someone who lovingly prepared her classroom and cared for each student.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown where she and John attended daily masses for years and were eucharistic ministers. Judy had a great devotion to St Thérèse Lisieux (Little Flower). During the week, she and John drove elderly parishioners to doctor’s appointments. 

In addition to her husband, Judy is survived by her daughter Tami, son Kevin (his wife Christine), Kevin’s sons Jonathan (his fiancé, Kristin) and Michael (his girlfriend, Elizabeth) and two grand-stepdaughters Gabrielle and Sophia. She is also survived by a brother, Terry Healey and his wife Patty, their sons Patrick and Sean, a sister-in-law, Ann E. Cavallero, brother-in-law, Richard J. Cavallero, and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was affectionately known by her grandchildren as “nana”. She loved being a grandmother, playing games and doing crafts with them. She attended their school functions and events and relished the moments listening to them play the piano. Judy read many novels and had several hobbies such as ceramics and crafts, sudoku, crossword puzzles and furniture refinishing. She loved the outdoors, gardening, and animals, especially her beloved dog, Alex.

A memorial service will be planned in the near future with family and friends. The family appreciates the care and attention given by the nurses and home aids of Penn Hospice Care.

Memorial contributions to: Care for Children, P.O. Box 616, 723 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701. 814-362-4621 (

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