Dr. Judy Elizabeth Sobieski 59, of San Mateo, CA, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 surrounded by her loved ones. She was diagnosed with cancer less than eight weeks before her death, but was courageous and hopeful throughout. It was her second battle with cancer, the first having come nearly 40 years previously when she was 22. The origin of her cancer remains unknown. Judy was born October 17, 1948, to Dr. George and Kay Gara of San Francisco. She graduated from Lowell High School before going on to attain her B.S. in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She worked as an RN for many years before returning to school to attain her doctorate in psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She worked for Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City for the next 14 years. For the past five years she had been manager of the Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program for the Northern California Kaisers. Judy will be remembered for her countless helping acts and uncommon generosity. She loved her work and her patients, and was proud of their accomplishments. Her mainstay was her loved ones and she always put her family first. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. Judy is survived by her husband of 33 years, Dr. André Sobieski; daughter, Marie Elizabeth Sobieski, who will be starting law school at Santa Clara University in the fall; brother, Dr. George (Andrea) Gara of San Francisco; sister, Gale (Richard) Mendes of Las Vegas; brother Phillip Gara (Karen Jolliffe) of San Francisco; and her cousins, nieces, nephews, and other loving friends and family members. Commemoration will be held privately. Charitable donations can be made in Judy’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 4/20/2008