Judy Neuman, 86, died on May 7, 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. She was born Judith Ilene Wezelman on October 6, 1929, in Chicago. She attended Hyde Park High School in Chicago and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Judy became an interior designer and worked at Herman Miller, the modern design pioneer, in Chicago. In 1958 she married Werner E. Neuman. They had two children, Suzanne and William. They lived for many years in Deerfield, Illinois, in a prairie style house they designed and built. Judy was an avid gardener, growing abundant vegetables, flowers and houseplants. She especially loved crabapples and used the tart fruit from the tree in front of their house to make delicious deep red jelly and bright pink crabapple sauce. After their kids were grown, Judy and Werner built an innovative passive solar house on Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, where they spent part of each summer and winter. Judy started her own design company, Interiors for Industry; she created a company called Tinscapes, which produced and sold figural tin boxes decorated with original artwork, including a series of boxes in the shape of buildings depicting rural scenes, such as a farm family working in a barn, a pioneer woman at a spinning wheel in a log cabin and a boy slopping pigs by a corn crib while his mother hangs laundry. Judy and Werner eventually moved to Long Grove, Illinois, where they also built a passive solar house, and then to Boulder. Judy had many enthusiasims. She was an activist and an agitator: she was president of her local League of Women Voters; she marched for the Equal Rights Amendment; she was a supporter of environmental causes. Judy was a wonderful and creative cook: an artist in the kitchen. Judy and Werner were renowned for the dinner parties which they threw several times a year, during much of the more than five decades they were married. Judy was a collector: she had a large collection of figural tin boxes — including tins in the shape of houses, people, cars and many other things; she collected wind-up toys; and handmade combs and spoons from around the world. Judy wrote poetry and short stories. Judy and Werner were married for 58 years — he died 11 months before she did. Judy is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Neuman, her son, William Neuman, her brother, Richard Wezelman, and her grandchildren, Shannon and Lauren Outing and Max, Emma and Romy Neuman. Her laughter, creativity and feistiness, her gardens, her meals and her crabapple sauce were an inspiration to her extended family, including nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to The Neuman Family Foundation, http://www.neumanfamilyfoundation.org.
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