Judy A. (Keipper) Roderick
Judy Ann Keipper Roderick, 79, of North Point, Raquette Lake, died on May 24, 2019, while she was staying with her daughter in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Judy was born in Buffalo and raised in Williamsville, the eldest daughter of Charles B. and Betty K. Keipper.
At a young age, Judy acquired a love of the outdoors and outdoor sporting activities from her father. She developed a connection to the Adirondack Mountains during several family summer vacations at Bald Mountain House on Third Lake. She graduated from Williamsville North High School in 1957, having represented her school in the synchronized swimming club, and as a member of the rifle team.
She was very active in Girl Scouts at Camp Seven Hills, leading scout troops on canoe trips throughout Western New York, and Algonquin Park. She enjoyed boating and fishing on Lake Erie and the Niagara River with her father and grandfather, and was also an avid swimmer. It was her love of swimming that brought her to Raquette Lake Girls Camp in the summer of 1959, while on break from Buffalo State. Lee and Blanche Krinsky hired her as a waterfront instructor and counselor. During that summer, she met Morgan P. Roderick, the local state forest ranger, and they were married in January 1960. They began their family while residing in Raquette Lake, moving to Canton in 1964, due to Morgan’s promotion to district forest ranger.
They maintained close friendships with several Raquette Lakers, and acquired property and built their camp at North Point in the fall of 1969. Despite significant health challenges, as a young wife and mother, Judy remained very active in raising her two children, scouting and many outdoor activities, while weekending and summering at their Adirondack camp.
While living in Canton, Judy worked at Smith’s Department Store as manager and buyer in the Domestics Department.
Judy loved spending time with her children and friends in the outdoors, and at the waterfront at North Point. She was active in tThe Raquette Lake Chapel Bizarre for several summers, having organized the Christmas Corner, and with other longtime Raquette and Long Lake friends, joined the Long Lake Ladies Marching Kazoo Band.
In the mid 1980s, after Morgan’s retirement, they built their home next to their camp, and resided at North Point, Raquette Lake year round. Judy became a licensed real estate agent in Blue Mountain Lake, working under Dawn Timm, and with Jim Blanchard for many years, enjoying a very successful career. Through real estate, Judy enjoyed connecting longtime friends and former rental clients in their Adirondack home owning dreams.
In her retirement, Judy enjoyed feeding birds-especially hummingbirds, watching wildlife, and was a voracious reader.
Judy’s children, Eric and Lynn Roderick, honored her longtime wishes, and cared for her at (her daughter’s) home before her death.
Judy was predeceased by her parents, Charles B. and Betty K. Keipper of Williamsville, and by her husband, Morgan P. Roderick (2013).
Judy is survived by her son Eric A. Roderick and Laury Kerr of Glenfield,, and by her daughter Lynn A. Roderick of Glen Allen, Virginia.
A small memorial service will be planned for a later date. Per her wishes, donations in her memory would be appreciated to the Raquette Lake Fish & Game Club, or the Raquette Lake Chapel.