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Judith Kylar “Judy” Jamison Reel, 73

January 31, 2014

Judith Kylar “Judy” Jamison Reel, 73, took her final curtain call on Friday, Jan. 31.
A star on the stage and in our lives, she was my mom and my best friend. She was also wife to my dad, D. Thomas “Tom,” for 38 years, grandmother to Kylar Ann, her namesake, mother-in-law to my husband, Adam Aurand and dog mom to her beloved rescue dog, Taxi.
When she was diagnosed with extensive stage small cell lung cancer in July of 2011, she was given six to 12 months to live. But she blew that prognosis away, and in the past 30 months, she enjoyed a remarkable 10-month remission period, she celebrated three birthdays and two wedding anniversaries, she witnessed the birth and first birthday of her granddaughter and she had the chance to get a sneak peek at her legacy through an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from her wonderful family and friends.
Born in Newark, N.J. in 1941 to the late Anton Anthony and the late Stephanie Nora (Kwiecien) Kylar, she graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1958. She worked as an executive secretary in the president’s office for Ronson Corp., Woodbridge, N.J., and an administrative assistant for Diamondhead Corp., Mountainside, N.J.
An actress through and through, she was active in community theater where her favorite roles included Magnolia Hawks in “Showboat” (Scotch Plains Proscenium Players), Maria in “The Sound of Music” (Edison Valley Playhouse) and Hedy LaRue in “”How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Edison Valley Playhouse). After moving to Lancaster, she performed in several melodramas with the Ephrata Area Community Playhouse at the Brossman Building and the Old Mill, including as Lady Angkatell in Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.” She was a drama and vocal performer with the Musical Art Society and volunteered for several local youth music organizations.
She also volunteered for the Wellspring Lending Library at Lancaster General Hospital for nearly 20 years and was a Trained Listening Community (“TLC”) volunteer for the radiation oncology department at the Lancaster General Health Campus. She participated in the Landis Homes aqua-therapy program, where she met some of her best and dearest friends.
She was active in the Scotch Plains Young Republican Club and was a Republican Committeewoman for the 1st precinct in Scotch Plains, Union County, N.J. After relocating to Lancaster in 1975 with dad, she served as a Lancaster County Republican Committeewoman in East Lampeter Township’s 5th precinct.
She will be fondly remembered for her strength, grace and her remarkable sense of humor. She made friends every where she went. Though her diagnosis was devastating, she vowed to fight. And she didn’t fight for herself, she fought for her family. Instead of saying “Why me?” she would often say “Why not me? I would take this on myself if it meant sparing you, Dad, Kylar or Adam.” Her outlook was extraordinary, and each and every one of us who got the opportunity to share in her journey is so thankful we did.
She is also survived by her step-children, David C., married to Kelly, and Susan E. Sanchez, married to Mark, and step-grandchildren, Jenna, Jamie and Mitch Reel, and Chase and Allison Sanchez, as well as her grand-dog, Boomer.
Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster, where she was a member. Family will receive visitors from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Parish House. Mom loved bright colors, so please dress accordingly; she also loved all kinds of flowers, and we’ll donate the flowers from her service to the Hospice inpatient unit for families to enjoy.
Break a leg in heaven, mom. The choir of angels is lucky to have a soprano like you. Love always, Kristy

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June 10, 2014

Today is June 10, 2014.  I just returned from shopping and my husband , Bob, told me he saw , Tom Reel and asked how Judy was doing. Sadly , Tom told Bob, she passed away in January. We are snowbirds and were in Florida.   We are both so very sorry to hear this news.
Judy was a very friendly neighbor, We always said Hi to each other. We and Judy loved our doggies.  She was a modest person, never heard about her accomplished lif.
Bless you Tom, Kristy, Adam and Kylar. May you all find comfort and peace.     RIP, Judy.
So happy I was able to pull up her magnifient  obituary.      XO   Anne and Bob Gilligan Bloomindale neighbors.

February 11, 2014

Dear Tom, Kristy, Adam and Kylar:
The story of Judy’s life, her vibrant personality, her accomplishments and, above all, her wonderful dedication to the family was so eliquently and lovingly described in the obituary. 
She will be missed.
Carl and Pat Straub

February 07, 2014

Tom and Kristy: Just received a call from Al Clark to inform me of Judy’s death. Sue and I are so sorry to hear the news.  Kristy, your message about your mother was moving and inspirational.
Sue and Del Wilson

February 06, 2014

Tom, so sorry to hear of Judy’s final curtain call, after her long battle with cancer.  She always lit up my day when I would see her around town. Kristy, your mom was a vibrant woman, so full of life, as shown your beautifully written memorial. Dennis and I send our condolences to you and your family.  Marlene Rhinier

February 04, 2014

Tom, Kristy and family, our deepest sympathy. Jay and Kathy (from the dog park)

February 02, 2014

Kristy,
I am so sorry that you lost your mother, but what a wonderful relationship you had with her! You were so brave and open in sharing your journey. Obviously, there is a lot of your mother in you. You wrote a beautiful obituary. It was a beautiful tribute. Well done, little ewok. You know, your mother will always be with you. You two are tied together forever. She will help to hold you up during the difficult times, and her smile will help light your way. Love to you, Maria 

February 02, 2014

Tom, Kristy and family.
I will miss my long time friend, but know she fought a good fight and was loved.
Kristy your writing for your mom was very special.
Take care and love to all.
Betty Lou (Meisiek) Tull  (class of ’58)

February 02, 2014

Kristy and Tom, we are so sorry that Judy has lost her long fight with cancer and has died. It was our pleasure to have been Judy’s nurses. I wasn’t able to come in to say goodbye and wish I could have on Thirsday night when I left work. I so appreciated being able to care for Judy. We will pray that your journey ahead without her presence and love will be OK.
Love, Bob and Sally Hostetter, Millersville, PA

February 02, 2014

To Tom, it has been a while since we saw you, but we wish to send our heartfelt condolensces.  Bill and Ruth Crabtree (Reifsnyder’s Pianos)

February 02, 2014

To the family of Judth Kylar, I don’t know you , nor did I know your Mom, but I just wanted to tell you whomever wrote the obituary is a fantastic writer who conveyed so much about your mom in such a positive way, that I wish I had known her. She sounds like a wonderful person. And I love that you will be donating the flowers brought by brightly dressed mourners to Hospice. My sincere condolences. You touchedmy heart. Robin Adler  
 114 Suncrest Rd Lancaster, PA 17602

February 02, 2014

Kristy & family,
Very nice remembrance of your mom.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Marianne & Mark Sheely

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Saturday, February 08, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
31 South Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
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Lancaster, PA 17602
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