Obituary for Judy Ann Elfert
Loving Sister, Friend, and Aunt Ann
Judy Ann Elfert, 70, a resident of Dracut, MA and a former longtime resident of Danvers, MA and Minnesota, passed away at Northwood Rehabilitation Center on January 7, 2018, after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Born in Minnesota, on November 8, 1947, a daughter of the late Jerome and Viola (Weingartz) Elfert, Ann, as she preferred to be called, had a wonderful and eclectic life. After high school, Ann joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and served as a teacher throughout Minnesota and surrounding areas. As Sister Ann Jerome, she touched the lives of many students, and her teaching years were noted as some of her favorite. Her proudest moments included rebuilding an entire 100 piece church pipe organ by herself and becoming certified as a boiler technician to service the provincial house.
After almost 30 years of service with the SSND, Ann decided to follow her heart and faith, and pursue her goal of becoming a social worker. She moved to Massachusetts where she attended Boston University, receiving her undergraduate degree, and then attended Wheelock College earning her Master’s Degree. Ann worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities as an Adoption Specialist, and also at Hospice of the North Shore, then continued her career at the Devereaux House Nursing Home in Marblehead, until she retired in 2016.
Ann's life was filled with many wonderful friends who shared her love of music, art, camping and travel. She spent many summer weekends with her 'camping buddies' at Old Orchard Beach, and most summers with her family at Sebago Lake. If you asked her, she would say however, that her most favorite and special times were spent with her two little best friends, her ‘grandchildren.’
Ann's life was a testament to the power of faith, passion, giving, love and family. She never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand, offer a shoulder to cry on, donate to the needy, and give countless hours of service. She is already greatly missed by many.
She is survived by three brothers, Jerome Elfert and his wife Betty Lou, Joseph Elfert and his wife Connie, and Michael Elfert and his wife Maria, a brother-in-law, William Doyle and his current wife Cathy, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her very special second family, Steve Galligani and his wife Rebecca Shanahan-Galligani, their children Kevin and Angelina Galligani, and her longtime friend, Kevin Shanahan. She was the adoptive foster mother to Daniel Irvin and Andrea (Irvin) Morgan. Judy was predeceased by her brother Benjamin Elfert and sister Mary Lynn (Elfert) Doyle.
Friends will be received at St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut, on Tuesday, February 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by her Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Interment is private. Arrangements in the care of MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.