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Judith B. (Border) Force

May 13, 2023

Judith Force Obituary

Judith B. Force, 77, of Berwick, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.  She was a daughter to the late Harold L. and Bette (Dent) Border of Berwick.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her high school sweetheart, soulmate, and husband, David L. Force, former Berwick Area School District Superintendent of 24 years.  David’s death on February 19, 2006 broke a marital span short of 40 years.
Judie graduated from Berwick High School, Class of ’63, attended Lock Haven University, and graduated from Career Academy in Washington, D.C. as a registered medical assistant.

She was B.H.S. Class of ’63 Correspondence Secretary for class reunion committee, helped organize the Sesame Parent Group of Salem Elementary School, was President of Friends of the Berwick Public Library and lifetime member of the library, lifetime member of Berwick Hospital Auxiliary and was a board member.  She was co-chair of the Berwick Bicentennial Homecoming and Music Committee.  Judie served on Penn’s Woods Girl Scout Council Board of Directors and the Berwick United Way Board of Directors.  She was a past member of the Berwick Women’s Civic Club and past member of P.E.O. Chapter BK, Bloomsburg, PA and served on the Columbia County Election Return Board.

Judie was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Berwick.  She taught primary Sunday School, was a member of the Women’s Circle, and served on the Pastoral Nominating Committee, was Secretary on the Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team.  She also served on the Stewardship Committee, Nominating Committee, and was a Deacon and an Elder.

After marrying, she chose her lifetime profession as a wife and mother.  Judie’s greatest joy in life was her family and being “Nana” to her eight grandchildren.  She always knew she was richly blessed.

Judie is survived by daughter, Debra Force; sons:  Michael Force and David Force and wife, Christina; grandchildren:  Lily and husband, Kyle, Andrew, Michael, Alex, Stone, Makayla, Leighton, and Giuliana.   Also surviving is her sister, Constance Border Cain and husband, Tim Cain, of Easton, PA; nieces:  Kimberly Cain Langlois and husband Alexis Langlois and Kelly Border Cain and husband Phillip Young; one great niece and four great-nephews.

A private celebration of life to honor the lives of Judie and Dave will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations are requested by Judie to be sent to the McBride Memorial Library, 500 N. Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603 for the children’s library.

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