Judith Hebner

Judith Irene Hebner

Thursday, March 3rd, 1960 - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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Hebner, Judith Irene

Passed away peacefully at Innisfree House with family by her side on Wednesday February 19, 2020 in her 60th year.

Beloved daughter of Joy Elizabeth “Betty” Hebner (nee Neeb) and the late Earl Hebner (2016). Loving sister of Timothy (Anne Marie), Patti and Brian (Brenda). Dear Aunt of Holly (Eric), Daniel (Stephanie), Kendell (Montana), Jacob, Erin (Mark) and Nickolas (Danielle).

Judy was an esteemed member of the Humber College community for over 20 years. Judy’s most recent achievement was receiving the President’s Award for Internationalization in 2019 for her hard work and dedication to study abroad programs.

Prior to her tenure with Humber College, Judy had a successful career in the hospitality industry and moved through the ranks to become VP of Operations for Journeys’ End.

Judy’s love of family and dedication to teaching was evident in everything she did. Judy enjoyed travel but, it was her cottage in South Bay, Honey Harbour, where she proudly entertained friends and family. Judy’s summers at the cottage with Mom and Dad meant the most to her.

Judy left an indelible mark on all those she cared for. She put family first and selflessly put others needs before her own. Judy was a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and her strong faith in her Lord and Saviour sustained her.

The Hebner Family would like to thank all of Judy's family and friends who visited with her and shared precious moments. Thanks to Dr Cescon, Dr Ward and the dedicated staff and physicians of Innisfree House for caring for our dear Judy.

Judy's family will receive relatives and friends from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 322 East Ave., from 10-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, with the Funeral Service to follow at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Sunday School Program, Innisfree House or The War Amps would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Judy's memorial.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Holy Cross Lutheran Church
    322 East Avenue
    Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z5
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 11:00am
    Holy Cross Lutheran Church
    322 East Avenue
    Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Bill Wu

Posted at 03:42am
Judy was an amazing teacher to me. Thanks for everything you did for us. Because of you, we had a wonderful time in Humber. My sincere condolences to her family.

Wendy Burgess

Posted at 10:04am
Judy touched the lives of so many, as only Judy could, with encouragement, advice, a challenge and a big heart. I feel so privileged to have known her and to have worked with her at Humber. Even in her last months she continued to put others first, and wanted to know how you were doing. She will be so missed. My deepest sympathy to the Hebner family.

Anke Foller-Carroll

Posted at 09:24pm
Judy was a great mentor to me and many, she taught me to write my first course outline (and had lots of patience with me), she inspired me with how fiercely she fought for her students, and she sent so many of us on our study abroad experiences, including myself. She knew everything. I mean ev.ery.thing. I joked with her once that she was the personified encyclopedia of Humber. You could simply ask her anything, and she knew the answer. She remembered the details of an email two years ago, what was in a meeting last fall, what a course outline contained, and of course she was always right. She spoke her mind when needed, and she was truly one of the strongest women I have ever met. The outpouring on social media to the news of her death spoke volumes. Even when I visited her while she was sick, she showed keen interest in my life, she had tons of questions, gave me advice and barely allowed me to ask her questions back. I will miss her dearly and am grateful to have had the privilege to walk alongside her during part of her journey here on earth. My sincere condolences to her family!

Crystal Bhikha

Posted at 05:58pm
My deepest condolences to Judy's family. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Judy at Humber. It was evident how much she cared for her students. She is in my prayers.

Stephanie Kratz

Posted at 05:01pm
Judy was a wonderful colleague and friend who provided such great support to me and so many others. In her most difficult days she still focused her attention on caring for everyone else. She was one of the hardest and most dedicated workers I knew. She will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to the entire Hebner family. Rest in peace my friend.

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Judy accepting her Internationalization Award during Humber's annual President's Breakfast, Aug 26, 2019
Judy accepting her Internationalization Award during Humber's annual President's Breakfast, Aug 26, 2019
Judy with the group of students that she had prepared to their 4th semester in Strasbourg in 2019.
Judy getting students ready to travel abroad.
Judy in action with our students.
Family time at the cottage
President’s Award for Internationalization
Cruising the Bay.
Having lunch with the cousins in Port Severn
Photo of Judy Hebner with Rev. Lloyd and Shirley Wentzlaff (her aunt and uncle and Mary Jane Brukardt (cousin)
supporting pastry students in Florence, 2017
Study@Sea 2013 Grenada
Study@Sea 2014 Florence
Gonna miss that smile Judy..
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