Judith “Judy” Carling Althans

February 8, 2020
Judith “Judy” Carling Althans

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Judith “Judy” Carling Althans, 82, passed away peacefully on February 8th in Williamsburg, VA while being visited and comforted by family members.


Judy was born in New Jersey, the first of two children of the late Jane (Willower) and Elmer Clifford Carling. She attended the College of William & Mary where she met her husband, Bill. Their first date led to wedded bliss and a lifetime of total adoration for each other.  Their 64 years together included spontaneity, adventure and the blessings of their three children!  With a huge zest for life, travel was always on their agenda no matter the season.  From surf to snow…as long as it included the beach and the mountains and everything in between!!  Getaways were plentiful with Bill’s passion for general aviation, and when they flew together, Judy was his co-pilot. Amazingly, she learned how to fly, too!


Besides her love of learning, Judy’s compassionate heart was one of her most precious qualities.  Her infectious smile brightened the lives of all who saw it.  She always let her own light shine whether it was on the tennis courts, ski slopes or with a paint brush in her hand!  “An artist is someone with the gift to light up a dark room.”  She carried this gift with her always, appropriately so, since Art was her college major. “Blossom and grow forever Edelweiss!”


Judy was preceded by her daughter, Kimberly Althans Thomas. Survivors include her husband, William Carl Althans, Sr.; son, William Carl Althans, Jr. (Diane); daughter, Suzanne Althans Baldrick (Stephen); son-in-law, Reid Lambert Thomas; brother, James Richard Carling (Katharine); grandchildren, William James Althans, Carl William Althans, Jordan William Baldrick, Andrew Stephen Baldrick, Carling Hannah Baldrick, Samuel Reid Thomas, and five great grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held to honor her spirit at The River Road South Cemetery in Gates Mills, OH in late Spring.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Stephen Lutheran Church 612 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center at give.roswellpark.org. Online Condolences may be offered at bucktroutfuneralhome.net.

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  • March 01, 2020
    Bill and Pat Papenbrock says:
    Dear Bill and Family: Pat and I were very sorry to learn that Judy passed away on Feb.8.It never seems to be the right time to lose a loved one.

  • March 09, 2020
    Philippa says:
    Judy was a shining star of hope and gratitude, just a lovely soul. I'm so sorry for your loss, Bill and family.

  • March 10, 2020
    Glo Davidson (Neesham) says:
    I want your whole family to know how much I appreciated Judy. Growing up with Suzy was adventurous especially when we were lucky enough to ski with the Althans in NY. We were welcomed with open arms, delicious food and lovely conversations. After a long day of skiing, Judy and Bill would join us for a beer at the local hangout. I always felt welcomed. Judy had a way of appreciating all of our individual, awkward 18 year- old selves with warmth and love. She was truly wonderful. Whenever I drink a cup of chamomile tea, I think of Cape Hatteras evenings around the kitchen table chatting about our day. Rest in Peace, Judy. You gave a lot of people love and joy.

  • March 24, 2020
    Janet Tekavec says:
    Such a gracious lady. I remember your family's kindness including Bob on your Hatteras vacations. My condolences from our family to yours.