Judith S. Giannotti

judith giannotti

July 17, 1947 ~ October 27, 2023

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

Judith S. Giannotti, 1947-2023

Judith S. Giannotti was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Elmont, NY. She lived with her parents, Melba and Jack and fraternal twin sister, Barbara (Bobbie). Judith attended Hofstra University for her Bachelor’s Degree on full academic scholarship and Master’s Degree. A Speech Language Pathologist, Judith spent 34 years dedicated to helping children with special needs in the West Islip Public Schools. Throughout her career, she also served on countless committees, mentored faculty, and worked with students in every grade level throughout every school in the district. She was widely respected and loved by colleagues, parents and children for her intelligence, compassion, creativity, and professionalism.

Judith was a life-long seeker with an insatiable curiosity about all things pertaining to the meaning of life. Extensive study in psychology, non-denominational spirituality, astrology, meditation, intuition, and holistic healing modalities added tremendous depth to her journey. For decades, she counseled clients and students through her private metaphysical practice to help them find purpose, wisdom and healing in their lives. After retiring from the West Islip Schools, Judith founded the Light Awakenings Meditation Center through which taught classes at healing centers and out of her home. She was interviewed by local papers and was a well regarded speaker at multiple venues.

Cooking, plants, gardening, travel, reading, taking photos, and filling her home with many decorative collectible items were among Judith’s simple pleasures. She maintained numerous loving friendships for decades and was loved by many.

Judith’s greatest love came from being Mom to her beloved son Matthew (age 49) and wife to Thomas (for almost 38 years). Judith found pride and joy witnessing Matthew’s career in mental health, numerous trips to visit him in San Francisco, sharing recipes with him, and endless hours discussing their shared passion for all things metaphysical in nature. Judith met Thomas early in her career in West Islip and had tremendous respect for his intelligence and professionalism. They enjoyed dining out, movies, shows, concerts, laughter, taking photos at Stony Brook Harbor and travels and cruises to destinations including Mexico, the Caribbean, U.S. Virgin Islands, France, and Italy.

Judith had a vibrant personality, playful sense of humor, joie de vivre, intelligence, old soul style wisdom, and deep compassion for others as well as for humanity. Judith passed on 10/27/23 after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She will be eternally loved and missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
in Judith’s honor.



Visitation: November 1, 2023 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Second Visitation: November 1, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

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  1. When I was initially hired by West Islip, Judy was one of the first to both welcome and direct me. Always a support, a master and compassionate therapist who never lost sight of what was and was not attainable. Her one-of-a-kind personality will always be remembered with a smile

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