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Judith Dawn Gordon Schroeder

June 21, 1931 - July 16, 2021

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Judith Schroeder

Judith Dawn Gordon Schroeder, 90, died on July 16, 2021 in Houston, Texas, surrounded by her three children and the loving staff at Brookdale the Heights. Born in New York, New York, Judith was the daughter of Ruth Fields Gordon and William McKinley Gordon. She was the widow of Ronald K. Howie and Horst J. Schroeder.

Throughout her life, Judith’s desire for adventure took her across the country from one coast to another and back again. From her childhood spent in New York City and Washington D.C., she settled with her husband, Ron, in Riverside, Connecticut and began raising her family. A few years later, as a single mother of three children, she packed her car with the children and the family dog, Missy, and headed to New Mexico, settling in Las Cruces. In 1978, Judith married Horst Schroder, to whom she was wed for 30 years. Judith’s wanderlust struck, and in 1979 they moved to San Diego, California. In 1984, it was back to the east coast, settling in upstate New York where Horst and Judith bought and managed their own car dealership in Hudson, New York: Schroeder Chevrolet Oldsmobile and Cadillac.

In 1990, Judith and Horst moved to Albany, New York where, nearing retirement, they built their dream home on 130 acres of land in Ellenburg Center, New York, naming it Belle Terre, and lived there until Horst’s death in 2018. Judith then moved to her final home in Houston, Texas, where she joined the community of Brookdale the Heights, and met her final partner Floyd. At Brookdale she was cared for by their superb and loving staff and her daughter-in-law Julie, who ensured she was included in family events, shopping trips and always brought fresh flowers and gifts on her visits. Julie also acted as her fierce, devoted and determined advocate through Judith’s hospital stays and medical needs.

Judith’s professional career was as varied as her travels. At various time she worked for the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. with secret clearance, WCBS-TV in New York City, Manpower in Greenwich, Connecticut, Fidelity Union Life Insurance in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego, California and the Naval Recruiting District in Albany, New York. Finally, Judith was an Owner and Executive-in-Charge of advertising for the family car dealership in Hudson, New York.

Judith was most of all a mother to her three children. She loved being a mother and managed on a tight budget to provide a colorful, loving and eclectic home. She taught her children to ski, horseback ride, sail, and play tennis. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, cookie manager for Girl Scouts, took her children on camping trips, and she happily hosted parties in her home for her children’s school sports teams, all the while working full time and maintaining a home. She always took pride in her appearance and took special joy in teasing her children good naturedly in front of their friends. She also embraced being a grandmother and an aunt and dearly loved her grandchildren and nieces, who knew her affectionately as “Pie”.

As an adult, Judith had a fondness for ballet, and enjoyed taking classes. Her teacher noted to the class one day, “Judy, I don’t know what it is you are doing, but whatever it is, you’re doing it very well!”. She will be remembered for enjoying her “alcoholic beverages,” her “that will be $5.00 please,” for every compliment she gave, and at Brookdale providing “direction” to the staff on how to improve everything. Judith truly endeared herself to the staff at Brookdale and felt very much at home there, calling her apartment, her “sanctuary”.

Judith loved animals, especially elephants and horses, and had a special fondness for dogs. She owned many canines over the years, including her childhood cocker spaniel Yannu, family dogs Missy, Cleo, Dolly, and most recently, Pixie. Judith loved babies. When out and about she was constantly and consistently drawn to babies and little children, often approaching their mothers with a smile and compliments.

Judith will be remembered for her incisive sense of humor, her no nonsense verbiage and expressing herself with a self-deprecating wit. She was happy, carefree and looked for excitement and adventure whenever possible. Judith will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Judith is survived by her three children, John K. (Julia) Howie, Timothy K. (Amy) Howie, and Jennifer Ann Honen; her four grandchildren, Paul K. Howie, Jennifer M. Howie, Emily A. Honen, and Nicholas E. Honen; step grandchildren, Anna Marciano and Chadwick Forbes, her brother Joel D. Gordon, and her final and beloved partner, Floyd Schoonover. She was predeceased by her husbands Ronald K. Howie and Horst J. Schroeder.

Perhaps her brother Joel described Judith best: “She kissed joy as it passed by”.

A memorial service for Judith will be held at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 at 2:00pm on October 15, 2021. The family asks that donations in Judith’s memory be made to Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church where they will be directed to DePelchin’s Children Center which serves the most vulnerable children in Texas.

A link to the live stream service will be available at

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