Judith Rapport Elikan, wife of 64 years, mother of three daughters, Nana to eight, Great-Nana to three, and sister, aunt and friend to many, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2022, surrounded by the love of her family. Judith was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1939 to Freda (Hahn) and Joshua Rapport. After high school graduation, she met and married the love of her life, Len. In a true partnership, they raised their daughters, lived all over the country, traveled (and slept overnight) in all 50 States, and thoroughly enjoyed being grandparents (from the age of 43).
During her early years of marriage she devoted her time to making a good home for Len and her three girls. Once her youngest was off to school, she went back to college to study social work at The University of Pittsburgh, and eventually earned a Master’s of Social Work from The University of Kentucky. She went on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working primarily as a therapist with children and the aging. She was particularly passionate about helping convicted teenagers to volunteer in meaningful ways in their community instead of being in a youth detention center.
Judy was always a phone call away from her friends and family and had close and unique relationships with everyone she loved. She made friends everywhere she lived and kept in touch with many of them, from Akron, Pittsburgh, Lakeland, Columbia, Cincinnati, and Ponte Vedra Beach over the years. She was very friendly, talkative, and always had “room to love one more person,” She was funny and had a dry sense of humor, was artistic, loved to read and always had an interesting perspective on a book, movie or world event. Judy continually spoiled her family with delicious home-cooked meals ranging from Chicken Kiev, to paper bag chicken, to her potato salad that she tinkered with all day. For entertainment, she liked attending symphony performances, playing bridge in her early years and Mah jong in her later years.
Judy and Len traveled together extensively for both his work and vacations. They truly were “…two drifters off to see the world…” and found that “there’s such a lot of world to see.” The unconditional love and support of her daughters and grandchildren was a true gift. She taught them all to be fiercely independent, creative, and strong.
Judy was cherished by her loved ones and will be dearly missed by her husband of 64 years, Len; her children, Lynn Elikan (Mark Stinson), Francie Moon (Lyle), Sharon Elikan (Binem Dizenhuz); her beloved grandchildren, Laura Van Metre Baum (Aaron), Emily Krinsky (Jordan), Sam Van Metre, Elina, Anneliese and Clarissa Moon, Joe and Nina Dizenhuz; and her cherished great-grandchildren, Mira, Yael and Miles; and her extensive circle of love that included many other family members and friends.
Services will be held Friday, March 25, 2022, 11:00 AM at Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends beginning at 10:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider making a donation in Judy’s memory to “The Judy & Len Elikan Camp Scholarship Fund” at The Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, (https://jewishjacksonville.org/elikan) or to a charity near and dear to your own heart.
The funeral service will be livestreamed beginning approximately ten minutes before the start of the service directly below this obituary.