Judith Aldine Luszcz-O’Connell, 66, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor and nurse and supervisor at Southampton Hospital, died in her sleep of a brain aneurysm at home in Sag Harbor on Feb. 1.
The oldest of five children, she was born in Queens on April 3, 1945, to Frank Scudner Jr. and the late Geraldine (Moore) Scudner, Ms. Luszcz-O’Connell grew up in Allentown, Pa., and spent her childhood summers in Sag Harbor, before moving there full time in 1980. A graduate of Notre Dame High School and St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Bethlehem, Pa., she went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing from Southampton College specializing in gerontology as well as graduating from Stony Brook University as a nurse practitioner.
Ms. Luszcz-O’Connell devoted her life to the care of others, working at Southampton Hospital for over 30 years, most recently as a nursing supervisor. She also ran the hospital’s Diabetes Basics and Beyond program, focusing on the care and education of patients diagnosed with diabetes on the East End. The doctors and other nurses at the hospital always wanted her with them on duty because of her calming personality, her daughter, Alyson Luszcz, said.
A nurse practitioner, Ms. Luszcz-O’Connell also saw patients at Peconic Family Medicine in Quogue, the Westhampton Care Center, and at the Shinnecock Indian Nation Health Clinic.
In her free time, Ms. Luszcz-O’Connell savored spending her time with her children, Jeffrey Luszcz of San Francisco, and daughter, Ms. Luszcz of Cos Cob, Conn., as well as her two grandchildren. She also treasured walking, dancing, and traveling with her companion, Chuck Neuman.
She first met Mr. Neuman at a Christmas party two years ago. Both widowed, they formed an immediate bond, and enjoyed dancing together every night in their living rooms, her daughter said.
Ms. Luszcz-O’Connell always looked forward to spending Thanksgiving in Lancaster, Pa., with her family and extended family, and then going out Christmas shopping with her sisters the next day.
She will always be remembered by those who knew her for her beautiful smile, generous spirit, and warm, calming nature.
She is also survived by her father, her brother Frank Scudner III of Womelsdorf, Pa., sister Pat Accettola of Chesapeake, Va., brother Peter Scudner of Lancaster, Pa., and sister Dierdre Westerhoff of Dillwyn, Va., as well as three stepchildren and nine nieces and nephews. Her mother and husband Richard O’Connell died before her.
The family received visitors at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home on Feb. 4. A funeral Mass was said at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor on Feb. 6. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery at a later date. The family asks that memorial donations be made in the memory of Judy Luszcz-O’Connell to the Southampton Hospital Foundation, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton 11968 or to the American Diabetes Association.