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Judith (Judy) Vitti, a lifelong Port Chester, NY resident, passed peacefully on the morning of January 29, 2024. Her final days were spent resting comfortably at home surrounded with the love of her family, friends and her playful grandchildren who she adored.
Judy is survived by her devoted husband Michael Vitti of Port Chester, NY, her sons Michael Vitti of Port Chester, NY and Thomas Vitti and his wife Stephanie of New York City, NY. She is also survived by grandchildren Christopher Vitti and Sophia Vitti, as well as her sister Kathleen Lind of Torrington, CT.
Judy was born on December 22, 1952 in Port Chester to the late Neils and Anna Popp Sorensen. She was raised and educated in Port Chester, graduating from Port Chester High School in 1970. Professionally, she worked in several different functions, but was most proud of her over 20 years working as a receptionist at Rye Walk-In Medical Center, with Dr. Sandra Ang, where she retired in 2020.
Judy met the love of her life, Michael in 1975. They were each working in close proximity, began to casually catch one another’s eye and the rest was history. They were married in Stamford, CT on April 22, 1979. They spent the early years of their marriage traveling and enjoying time with their family and friends, before the birth of their two sons, Michael (1982) and Thomas (1986).
Judy was the best mother her children could ask for. Despite juggling her multiple responsibilities, her greatest commitment was to her children and she loved them fiercely. She prioritized their growth above all else and was focused on creating a memorable childhood while pushing them to achieve their goals. She ensured that they experienced the joys of travel, shuttled them from one sport to the next and ingrained the importance of academics at a young age. Above all else, she pushed her kids to treat others as she did, with empathy and respect.
Judy was known for making the holidays special. Whether creating an elaborate Easter basket, writing a detailed note to Santa or cooking excessive amounts of food, Judy made sure her family felt her love through her festive spirit. Her presence will be missed, but her passion for holiday traditions will live on.
Judy was a friend to many and could always be counted on. If she knew someone was in need, she made sure to look out for them, send a meal or stop by for a visit. She spent much of her life caring for others. This was never more apparent than in the care she provided her father, Neils, to whom she was endlessly devoted as he struggled with paralysis and other ailments.
When away from her responsibilities, Judy loved to have fun with her husband and friends. Judy and Michael enjoyed travel, and took many trips to the Caribbean as well as Europe, China and Russia. Closer to home, she enjoyed frequenting a variety of restaurants and the occasional escape to a casino. A party with Judy was always a good time as her energetic and upbeat nature was infectious to those with her.
Later in life, being a “Mimi” became Judy’s greatest joy as Christopher and Sophia entered her life. She especially loved bringing Christopher to Stepping Stones Museum, fireworks and sneaking him sweets and toys in a way that only a grandmother could. Sophia was the girl she had always dreamt of, and she dubbed her the “dancing queen” given her early love of music. In the final weeks of Judy’s life, her grandchildren played for hours beside her and brought her much comfort and peace.
Although her cancer diagnosis was devastating, Judy approached it with tremendous courage and grace. She endured surgeries, hospital stays and many rounds of chemo as she was determined to forge lasting memories with family and friends. Judy will be greatly missed, but the impacts she made will transcend her time on earth and live on through the legacy she leaves behind.
Visitation will be 4-8PM on Thursday February 1, 2024 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM on Friday February 2, 2024 at Sacred Heart Church, 95A Henry St. Greenwich, Ct. Interment to follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, NY.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Judy’s wishes, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as described in the link below:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center