Aug. 7, 1949 – April 8, 2016
Judith C. Gemmer of Lancaster, a registered nurse and caregiver, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a battle with cancer. She was 66.
Born in Syracuse, the former Judith Claire Devine came to the Buffalo area when she was 4. She was a 1967 graduate of Kenmore East High School and earned her nursing degree from Alfred State College.
Mrs. Gemmer began her career at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle as a nurse in the maternity unit and advanced to become manager of the unit. She assisted in the delivery and care of hundreds of babies, including several of her nieces and nephews.
She went on to work in various positions in the medical field, including six years with Independent Health, where she received the health insurance company’s first Improving Health in the Community Award and was its 1997 Nurse of Distinction.
After she received a license to practice nursing in Colorado, she moved there to help care for her brother, Donald “Rick” Devine Jr., after he was diagnosed with cancer. She returned to the Buffalo area and retired from nursing following his death in 2003.
In retirement, she continued working as a volunteer community health nurse and as a volunteer at Hospice Buffalo. She also was a caregiver for her parents.
A former resident of East Aurora, she moved to Lancaster in the mid-1990s. She enjoyed tole painting, decoupage and collecting antiques and beach glass. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to Nantucket, Mass.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Jeffrey P.; a son, Army Maj. Christopher; three sisters, Donna Valone, Janet Sherman and Kyle Trudell; a brother, Timothy Devine; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive at Parker Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda.