Julia "Judy" Bartholomew Munn

  • Born: August 26, 1937
  • Died: July 18, 2020
  • Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Julia "Judy" Bartholomew Munn, age 82, died peacefully in her home on July 18, 2020, after illness with Covid-19 and advancing Alzheimer's. Judy lived at The Commons in Lincoln Massachusetts, where she was an active, lively member of the community, and where she was able to engage in all her favorite things. To the end, she was positive, interested in everything and everyone around her, and continued to meet challenges with good cheer and grace.

Judy was born (August 26, 1937) and raised in West Hartford, CT. Her parents, Jeremiah H. and Katherine Collens Bartholomew, descended from generations of Connecticut forebears. Judy was the middle of three daughters. She was pre-deceased by her elder sister (Anne Munk Hansen), and is survived by her younger sister (Linda B. Thompson). She leaves behind her three children (Tracy Munn, Dave Munn and Julie Munn Hale), a daughter-in-law (Jennifer Munn) and son-in-law (Alan Hale), and her five grandchildren (Annie Hale, Zach Munn, Allie Hale, Sydney Munn and Zoe Hale). She had two life partners who loved her greatly: her former husband of 25 years, Dick Munn, and Ralph Wood, who pre-deceased her in 2007, after 23 years together. Ralph's three adult children (Betsy Brooks, Jim Wood and Lynn Hayden) and his seven grandchildren became very special to her, and she sustained relationships with each.

Judy's life was colored by a joy in engaging socially, intellectually, physically and culturally in many, many things. She especially loved singing, hiking, fine art, tennis, travel and myriad cultural events. She often led the way, introducing others to her favorite things. Three Mile Island (in NH), the "ski house" (in Campton Hollow, NH), and West Granby (the old family place in rural CT), were all places she drew others to for happy times. She shared many of her favorite activities with regular, longstanding groups of friends, and she was a source of kindness and strength for many. Through her choices and model in all these things, she provided her children with their own deep, abiding attachments to places, people and habits that would sustain them as adults.

Judy was educated at The Loomis Chaffee School, and then Vassar College for three years before marrying and finishing her college degree at UC Berkeley (1958). She lived in different places during her child-rearing years, but mainly in Wellesley, MA. She was actively involved in acapella singing groups, tennis groups and various volunteering. As her children grew and left home, her pursuits became more serious. She made notable contributions to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Three Mile Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, as a committee member and then the island's first female committee chair. In later years, she was a significant contributor to the Currier Gallery in Manchester, NH, where she was a docent in the galleries, and led tours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House. Most recently, she sang and performed with the Concord Women's Chorus, in Concord, MA, and to keep her mind sharp, kept up with her WSJ, Financial Times and New Yorker subscriptions. Judy was an inspiration.

Given these challenging times and the geographic distance of Judy's loved ones, there will be no funeral service at this time. Celebrations of Judy's life will take place at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Judy's name to her beloved Three Mile Island, through the AMC's tribute page online: www.outdoors.org/tribute.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Dear Tracy,
Just saw that your Mom had died in the Townsman and wanted to pass along my caring wishes to you and your family. I have some happy memories of walking down Whittier Road to your house to hang out and getting to know both of your parents. I enjoyed reading about your Mom and the many life passions that she participated in. Such a lovely tribute. I think of you and our childhood companions when i walk around the neighborhood. Your old house just had a face lift; if you decide to do a drive by stop off at #57 to say hello. Take care. Love, Darlene Howland

Posted by Darlene Howland - Wellesley, MA - Friend   September 03, 2020

I enjoyed visiting with Judy every Wednesday afternoon, at the Commons, with my therapy bunny Cali. I have a number of wonderful photos of the two of them together. Not to mention all the laughs we shared during our visits. My heart is so so sad over Judy's passing. She will always be a special person to us.

Posted by Bernadette Quirk, ME - Lincoln, MA - Friend   July 30, 2020

Tracy, Dave, and Julie, so sorry for the loss of your Mom, my Aunt Judy...........She was always so loving and strong in her devotions to family and friends. She always showed so much concern for me and my well being, cant begin to describe the feeling of true love and compassion. She will be missed greatly

Posted by kelly cline - dalton, GA - Family   July 23, 2020

Dave and Julie, Wellesley High School friends, Peter and Anne (Gerald) Bachman are so sorry for your loss. This tribute to your mother is beautiful as is her photo. Holding you close in our thoughts and hearts.

Posted by Anne and Peter Bachman - Wayland, MA - Friend   July 23, 2020

One of my fond memories of Judy is accompanying her on a walking exploration of Geneva by the lake at the beginning of a ski house trip to St. Luc, Switzerland. We were both jet lagged.

Posted by Virginia Fettig - Walpole, MA - Friend   July 23, 2020

Judy will be missed by many of us, who knew her well - through the ski house, tennis, Three Mile Island and Wellesley. She was, as the beautiful obituary says, a contributing member of every organization to which she belonged. She also was a loyal friend. We all loved her.

Posted by Leslie Holmes - Wellesley, MA - Friend   July 23, 2020

God bless a good soul, a life well lived. May the loving memories cherished by family, always.

Posted by Benifer & Rohit Lodhi - India - Friend   July 23, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to a lovely woman--a life well-lived. Dave, you've been a great son; your loyalty and love for your Mom and how you cared for her has been exemplary and inspirational. I know she's proud of you. God bless you.

Posted by Dirk Mullenger - Santa Clarita, CA - Friend   July 22, 2020

Dave, I'm so sorry for your loss. May your mom's memory be a blessing always.

Posted by Rob Leavitt - Gloucester, MA - Friend   July 22, 2020

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