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Judith Nancy Horwitz Schaefer


Judith Nancy Horwitz Schaefer died peacefully on July 31, 2018, at Schon Hyme Rest Home in San Rafael. Born on January 20, 1942, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Judy is survived by her sons, Ari Efrem Schaefer of San Rafael and Jonas James Schaefer of Belvedere, as well as her granddaughter, Jacqueline Amaris Schaefer and daughter-in-law, Julianne Malnick Schaefer. She is survived by her brother, James Alex Horwitz of New York, NY.

Judy was a lively, caring, warm, funny, creative person who was beloved by many from all walks of life. A sharp wit, beautiful smile and piercing blue eyes, she was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many. Judy graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in integrated liberal studies, spent a semester in Florence, Italy, and earned a master’s in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.

Judy opened the only all Oshkosh B’Gosh store in the United States in San Rafael, Wear With All in the 1980s and was an independent filmmaker who made a documentary on Samuel Ullman’s “Youth,” “So Long You Are Young,” which premiered around the country at independent film festivals including the Mill Valley Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She loved all forms of art and collected art from all over the world. Her favorite holiday was Valentine’s Day and she was known for her parties.

She will be missed by many but remembered as she was, a vibrant, vivacious person. In the end, she suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and died surrounded by her family.


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