Judith Ann “Judy” Burtell - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Judith Ann “Judy” Burtell

April 7, 1956 - January 10, 2023

Judith Ann “Judy” Burtell, age 66, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 7, 1956, she was a daughter of Mary Martha (Hartz) Pribish and the late John Joseph Pribish, Sr. Judy was a graduate of DeLaWarr High School in New Castle, class of 1974. She worked for Christiana Hospital for four years before starting her career as a religious education coordinator for Holy Spirit R.C. Church as well as St. Peter the Apostle Parish.

Judy was quite creative; in her spare time, she enjoyed making exquisite jewelry pieces and drawing. She could often be found reading or giving back to her community as a volunteer. Judy loved people and touched many lives. Above all, she cherished spending time with her family.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, John J. Pribish, Sr. She is survived by her husband, Lewis James Burtell; children, Lewis John Burtell (Paula) and John Paul Burtell (Lauren); mother, Mary M. Pribish; siblings, Martha Shoemaker, Mary Theresa Walton (William), and John Joseph Pribish, Jr. (Mary); grandchildren, Ashley, Aiden, Keira, Reese, and Ian Burtell; great-grandchildren, Arielle Burtell and Armani Hill; nephews, Anthony and Matthew Reilly, and Jesse Walton; and niece, Jennifer Kline.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online by clicking here, or Shriners Hospitals for Children of Philadelphia, Processing Center, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394 or online by clicking here.


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20 Condolences for Judith Ann “Judy” Burtell

  • Lew and Family,
    Rose Marie and I were so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
    Dennis and Rose Marie

  • Lou, please accept our condolences on the passing of your wife. She was so spot on at Holy Spirit for the fourth graders years ago. She had a very gentle and approachable spirit. I’ll add her name to mass on Wednesday’s at St. Matthew.

  • Rest in peace Aunt Judy. We love you. I will never forget the time we spent together in the summers. My deepest condolences to all of our family. You will be missed!

  • Lew,
    I am so sorry to hear of Judy passing. I pray she is at peace. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  • My beautiful Sister,
    A part of me is empty and so heartbroken knowing there will be no more hugs and kisses when we meet. I know you are at peace and no longer suffering. Terri and I will always remember the wonderful times we shared, tears we cried and stories to be told. I love you with all my heart .
    Martha (Rose) Shoemaker

  • I’m sorry everyone. Judy was always such a sweetheart to me throughout the years. She was definitely someone I looked forward to spending some time with at the reunions. We’ve had some great conversations, and I’ll always remember her genuine smile/smirk. It was unmistakably her when you saw it 🙂 I’ll sure miss her. Rest easy, Judy

  • With deepest sympathy, my condolences to the entire family, friends, and all whom Judy touched so deeply. I am grateful for the time and memories I shared with you and your family. You will be in my heart always.
    Love & Strength,
    Lindsay J. Tooker

  • I am so sorry to see this. I have known Judy since my childhood. My heart is broken for Lew and all of her beloved family. Such a great loss for the our churches as Judy was a huge part of the community. Rest in Peace Judy you will be missed by many. Hugs and healing prayers from all of us Kevin, Laurie, Stefanie and Kevin

  • Dearest Louie, Heartfelt condolences are extended to you and your beautiful family. May God comfort you at this difficult time.
    Latania Congo & Family ❤🙏

  • Lew, I was so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. Saying prayers for you and your family during this hard time.

  • I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Judy was an amazing woman & definitely touched my life when I knew her so long ago. Sending love to y’all from Texas. 💓

  • Lew and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Judy was such a vibrant person that always gave all she had to everyone. She will be missed. Prayers and love. Heartfelt condolences, Jr and Mary Williams

  • To the Burrell and Pribish Family;

    It is with a sadden heart I offer you my sincerest sympathy and my condolences for the passing of your Loved one. I know she will deeply be missed and pray to God, to give you the strength and comfort in the days ahead.. Peace be with 🙏
    Love, Susan Muzzi-Walton

  • Lew you now have an angel in heaven to watch over you and the family. I have no doubt at all that she is looking down on you and sending her love. She : meant so much to me. She helped me in so many ways. Please take comfort in knowing that she isn’t suffering anymore and is at peace.Joey sends her love and prayers too.

  • Dear Lew and family, I was saddened to hear of Judy’s passing. I have fond memories of working with her during her time at Christiana. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Marianne Murch

  • Dear Lew & family,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss.
    I still remember Judy in her hi-tops running in & out of our house with my sister, Cathy. Now they can be together again! Prayers for you & your family. Love, Chris & Tiny

  • To the Burtell and Pribish families,
    Judy and her sisters and my 2 brothers and I all went to Holy Spirit together. I also grew up in the same neighborhood as Lewis. Remembering all the fond memories growing up it’s hard to believe it was so long ago. RIP Judy 🙏

  • Mary and family, My deepest condolences on the loss of Judy. I remember you speaking about her during our nights at St Francis. The loss of a child is always difficult for a mother as I know. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Judy RIP.

  • Dear Lew, Aunt Mary and family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Lew and Family, I am so so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing her at various events. She will be greatly missed! Pete wanted me to pass along his condolences as well. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.