In Memory of Judy Doniere
the effect is that the dog world will never be the same...
Pat and Judy Doniere, Toledobes kennels, were among the most popular of all husband-wife judging teams.
09/28/2009 | TheDogPress.com
Pat Doniere was a power in the Senior Conformation Judges Association and not one to back peddle on confrontational matters. Judy lost Pat in 2003 but she carried on valiantly as the judging community emotionally supported her.
Judy didn't make the Judges Educational Judging Institute in Las Vegas last August and everyone there was concerned but she was soon judging again and seemed to be doing fine.
Last month we published her daughter's plea for people to send cards to cheer Judy up as she battled ovarian cancer. Tami Byroads said her mother, an AKC judge and "longtime Dobie breeder/show person" would be heartened by the cards.
Tami said: “... Please send her a get well card... the funnier the better. Send big ones, small ones, musical ones, any kind you can but make it fun. She has enough seriousness in her life right now. If you want to give her prayers please do that in your house of worship but now we need her to laugh. I want her to see how many care.
“I promise it will be hand delivered to her with Love. My fear is because she has moved to different rooms if you send it to the hospital it won’t get to her. I want her to smile, I want her to know how many lives she has touched so please help.
“I know these are tough financial times so if you can't buy one make it and send it. It will mean the world to her. I hope you all respond, who knows what that much Love can do.
Then, unexpectedly, as September 2009 drew to a close, Tami sent this:
"... It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Judy Doniere passed away. She valiantly fought her battle with cancer and she was the toughest woman I have ever seen face this.
"I will miss her immensely. I want to thank everyone who has kept her in their prayers and have sent cards of laughter and encouragement.
"She received so many cards that the hospice nurses asked if she were a celebrity!
"Our family will plan a "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" on October 27th on her birthday at St Peter of the Apostle, Roman Catholic Church in Henderson, NV with a reception to follow at the home of Steve & Holly Schorr.
"She would want to be sure that it was well after the Doberman Pinscher National Specialty. She so badly wanted to attend that coming up in October, but God needed her sooner.
"She was a great lady and a loving mother."
The family asks that any contributions be made to Creekside Hospice, American Cancer Society, DPCA Rescue, or Take the Lead.