Judy Wiesenberg-Neiman, MSW, LICSW, LMFT Judith Wiesenberg-Neiman, or Judy Neiman as she is more informally known, received her Masters Degree inSocial Work in 1973 from the University of Minnesota, has practiced as a psychotherapist since then, and is duel licensed as an independent clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Academy of Certified Social Workers, and is a Board Certified diplomat in Clinical Social Work, the highest level of certification in the field. Judy started out as a medical social worker followed by maintaining a small private practice until she began working for Aspen Medical Group in 1984 until 2013. Judy has worked with adults of all ages providing general psychotherapy and has a special interest in the area of grief and loss including aging and memory disorders. She also brings personal experience to the latter as she provides caregiving to her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2004.
Judy and granddaughter Emma - August 12, 2013
JUDITH WIESENBERG-NEIMAN Date of Death - April 13, 2015
Wiesenberg-Neiman, Judith Rose (Sugarplum) 5/24/48 to 4/13/15 Judy is survived by her mother, Eva Wiesenberg, her mother-in-law, Dolores Neiman, her husband and daughters, Bill, Becky, and Maurine, and granddaughter, Emma Dryer Neiman, and step-grand-daughter, Frieda Kenyon Brown, and brother, Michael Wiesen-berg, as well as a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Judy was a woman whose inner and outer beauty were singular in this world.
She lavished love upon others, and that love was returned many times over. Judy's capacity to love provided her with the skills to be a beloved therapist for 27 years for hundreds of grateful and healing patients at the Aspen/ Allina Clinic in Bloomington. Judy's greatest joy and love in this world was for her family and friends. With her husband, Bill, Judy raised twin girls, Becky and Maurine (fraternal twins), whose inner and outer beauty as well as their accomplish-ments reflect their mother. Mother and daughters were the best and most intimate of friends. Bill and Judy were married 46 years. There were challenges, but Judy and Bill had a vibrant, loving, ever-growing relation-ship. Indeed, the last six years were so strong and vital that Judy and Bill often joked about the first 40 being the toughest. What best captures Judy's core/life affirming spirit was her response to her pancreatic cancer. Despite the discomfort, pain, and occasional hospitali-zations during this period, Judy told her best friend, Nancy, that this was one of the happiest times in her life because she had never been so able to give and receive love. And love poured in-from family, friends, doctors, nurses, and many others who crossed Judy's path during these months of challenges, great and small. Minnesota Oncology and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and the Abbott-Northwestern-Hospital as well as Allina Home Health Care nurses were kind, supportive, and skilled beyond words. Memorials should be directed, in Judy's name, to: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital Foundation, 800 E. 28th St., 16509, Mpls, MN 55407. There is a gaping pit in the hearts of those who knew and loved Judy, a hole that cannot be filled. We have accepted that space and have pledged together to internalize both Judy's love for others, her commitment to self-develop-ment and growth, and her embrace of the present, all to fully live the balance of our lives.
Sheryl Kilpatrick Kunnari
Bill, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your lovely wife, Judy. I have known your family "forever" and remember her with great fondness. If Grampa John were here, he would greet you with a strong hardy hug, a clean hankie to wipe your eyes and the "shuffle" he and your dad, Lennie, did when greeting each other. He loved you deeply and cared so very much for you. May you always remember that love he shared with you. Sincerely, Sheryl and the John J. Kilpatrick family
I met Judy in 2004 as one of her patients at Aspen. Throughout the next 10 years, she was not only a life-changing force for me through some of the most challenging situations in my life, she was an unwavering source of unconditional love and acceptance. Throughout the last 3-4 years, I had the honor of sharing my aunt's recipe for "Four Flour Bread" with her and her family. One of my favorite stories she shared with me was once when she'd taken the bread home (it was a 2 lb loaf), she and Bill ate the entire loaf at one sitting, it was that good! When she told me she had pancreatic cancer, I gave her a prayer shawl made by some "angels" at my church (Catholic). Out of all the shawls which were available to take, one stood out to me - she told me that it reminded her of the prayer shawl her father, a rabbi, used to wear, as it had threads that were interspersed throughout the shawl which looked like fringe. Judy touched my life in so many important ways...she helped to form me into the vibrant woman I am today for which I will be eternally grateful.
Nancy Libman Judy is my best friend of 51 years. Her beauty, inside and out, her bravery, her grace, her positive attitude, her deep love and devotion for her family and friends, her ability to always find beauty in every single day will always be an inspiration to me. She taught me so much. Judy...you will always be with me...
Jessica Heller I will miss you dearly , but yet we will always continue to have our conversations as if you were still here ! You have been a big part of my life then , now and always, till we reunite , I'm here!
Heather Squillacioti It was a pleasure and honor taking care of Judy the last 5 months. She will always have a place in my heart. She was the light of my busy days. Always had a warm hug and a smile despite all she was going through. She was an inspiration, as was her wonderful family and friend support system. My thoughts are with you Bill, Maurine, and Becky.
Maurine Thank you so very much for the incredible care you provided our mother. She really looked forward to her time with you, and the love and energy you focused on her was evident. We'll always be grateful for your help and support at a very difficult time.
Linda Freidson I was so sad to read this as I look back with great childhood memories growing up and being a friend. I remember time together in North Mpls when the Weisenbergs moved here. I remember riding around when we first got our licenses. I remember Judy's smile all the way back. May you rest in peace.
Srikantha Thyagarajan Hi Maurine, I am sorry for the loss of the most beloved and irreplaceable person of your life. I Wish that let her Soul rest in Peace in eternal Heaven.
Maurine Dear Srikantha, Thank you very much for your kind comment. It means a lot. Maurine @Srikantha Thyagarajan
Teresa Diffley So sorry for the great loss of Judy. I always enjoyed seeing Judy & Bill out walking in the Cornelia Neighborhood and dining at the Good Earth Restaurant, where I'm a host. Judy greeted me with her lovely smile, starting from several yards away. I will remember her gentle spirit and also because she was so consistently appreciative, friendly and smiley.
American Cancer Fund The staff of the American Cancer Fund® at www.AmericanCancerFund.org is sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We have received a memorial donation in her name and our sincere condolences go out to her family.
Mae and Tim Martin Tom and Michele and Tom Carney Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family
Christine Kleindl and Chris Carlson Bill is my teacher, from the way he spoke of her she sounds like a person I would have loved to know.
Michael Anthony and Ann Anthony I recently met Judy via telephone after learning we were related. We had made plans to get together in person in early May. It is my loss that she couldn't wait for me to get to Minnesota. I understand and accept that she had an appointment that could not be broken. Though I only talked to her three times. I felt as though I had known her for a lifetime. Some people have that ability to make you feel at home right away. Judy was one of those gifted souls. I miss her even though I never got a chance to meet her in person. I pray that her family will rest assured knowing that she made a difference in the lives of many people (including me).
Maurine Dear Michael and Ann, My mom was incredibly excited to learn of the ties between our family and yours, was delighted by the conversations you had, and was eagerly awaiting your visit in May. Her interactions with you both brought a new source of joy and connectedness to her life at a very difficult time. We are grateful to have you in our lives. love, Maurine @Michael Anthony and Ann Anthony
Amy (Gustafson) Howard I worked with Judy for almost 15 years at Aspen. She was always in a good mood, always smiling. Loved working with her. She was such a great therapist and I remember her patients loved her. One of my fondess memories of Judy was at Christmastime. We always decorated the office and Judy always, always said she loved to celebrate Christmas with us. We always wrapped the pictures in the office with wrapping paper. And we always wrapped one for Judy in Hanukkah paper. I was saddened to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers to Bill, Becky and Maurine. Your wife/mom was a very special and loved woman.« less
Sheryl Turner Judy's departure is such a tremendous loss. I saw her professionally through the worst years of my life. She not only helped me work through my troubles, but was such a source of nurturing, care and love. In that process, she became my very dear friend. During our time together, through tears and laughter, I always left her feeling like a huge weight had been lifted and that I became a better person because of her. She truly had and was a wonderful gift and will be greatly missed by all who knew her! My deepest sympathies to her family in this difficult time, and I hope you will be able to take comfort in the happy memories of her as you celebrate her life - it was a special one.
Judy, you'll always have a special place in my heart. RIP dear friend.
Gwendolynne Barr Dear, Judy, thank you for visiting Camille when it mattered most. Bless you and be well on your next journey. Love, Gwen
Maurine Dear Gwen, Thanks so very much for this lovely message. My mom and I were so very deeply moved by your support and love for Camille, and, more recently, the support and love that you extended to our family. love, Maurine @Gwendolynne Barr
Terri Romanoff-Newman Judy and I had such fun on our birthdays where every year we went to Kincaids and sent one another funny cards and flowers-we had such good humor every year. I will dearly miss that. My love, Terri
George and Louise Barr George and I shall forever hold the lovely memory of Judy in our hearts. Her kindness and sensitivity towards our family touched us so. We hope her next journey is one of peace and we wish the family comfort and strength while coping with this great loss.
Maurine Dear George and Louise, thanks so very much for sharing these thoughts and wishes - they mean a lot to us. My mom and I were incredibly moved by the love that filled Camille's apartment last spring as well as by the support that you've extended during this last year. love, Maurine @George and Louise Barr
Denis and Joanna Wanderer, London We are so sad to learn from Ruthie Posen of the loss of our cousin and send our heartfelt condolences to all of her family.
May her memory be for a blessing and HaShem comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.
Maurine Thank you very much for your kind thoughts. Family was always been so important to our mother, and I know that your words would mean a lot.
@Denis and Joanna Wanderer, London
Abbie (Lazarus) Greene Judy was my friend for many years. Even when I moved away, we kept in touch. She will be missed by many. She knew she was loved, and those close to her, knew they were loved by her. I know that the wonderful memories that she and her family made together will be a comfort to them in the years to come.
Terri Romanoff Newman I will dearly miss Judy and admire all the people who took care of her both personally and professionally. I am looking forward to sharing her celebration of life, Terri
Terri Romanoff Newman Judy was my special friend and supporter and I will dearly miss her. Bill, I admire the way you took care of her and many times she talked about all the love you gave her. She had many, many people, both professional and personal who provided care to Judy. I love her and am looking forward to celebrating her life. Terri
Kit Hansen I am so saddened to learn of Judy's death. I had no idea she was ill and I am so sorry that I was not among those who were able to share in the love communicated during Judy's last months. She was on my list of "catch-ups" after my retirement this May. A sad lesson, so oft said: don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today. My heartfelt condolences to the extended family.
Kit, we will be having a celebration of Judy's life, 5/24 (her birthday), I know she would want you there. Bill @Kit Hansen
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