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Judit Stahly, 68


March 7, 1955 - September 26, 2023

Judit Stahly, 68, of Blawenburg died peacefully at home on September 26 after a long illness.

She was born March 7, 1955 in Godollo, Hungary and grew up in the suburb outside of Budapest. Coming from a family of physicians that had practiced throughout Europe in the past few centuries, she inherited deep sympathy and altruistic feelings towards people who are different.

Judit earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education in Budapest, Hungary in 1978 and became a teacher in “Healing Education” — her preferred terminology instead of special education.

In 1984 she earned an Excellent Achievement Honor in Pedagogy from the Minister of Education of Hungary, as well as several awards for her community service. Having attended the same elementary school in Godollo, Judit married Joseph Petrovics, sculptor, in 1981. During her time in Godollo, Judit also served as the curator for the local history museum.

In 1988, Judit and her family immigrated to New Jersey and initially lived in New Brunswick given the large Hungarian community there at the time. She taught at St. Ladislaus School, a local parochial school there.

In 1989, Judit, Joseph, and their two daughters moved to Ettl Farm in Princeton. Joseph was working for Sculpture House Casting in both New York City and Princeton at the time. From 1992 to 1999, Judit taught at the Waldorf School of Princeton in Montgomery and from 2000 to 2002 in the Montgomery Township schools.

In her spare time, Judit enjoyed reading, going to museums, gardening, and pastel drawings.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Petrovics of Blawenburg, and two daughters, Vera and Edith Petrovics and their families. A memorial service is planned for Judit in the summer of 2024 in Hungary. If interested in attending this Memorial Service, please let Joseph know. ■


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