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Judy Nirschl Horton ’64, sister of Karen Nirschl ’72 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 1, 2016

Judy Nirschl 
Judy Nirschl Horton, age 69 of Brookhaven, Georgia, passed away April 29, 2016, after losing her battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Judy was born on November 21, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Al and Jane Nirschl. She is survived by her loving husband, John; sons, Jay and Adam, and grandson, Ian.
After graduating from the University of Toledo, Judy moved to Athens, Georgia, to pursue her Master of Journalism from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, Judy was hired as a speech writer for Alvin Vogtle, then Chairman of the Board of The Southern Company. This was the beginning of Judy’s remarkable career in marketing and communications. She worked in the banking industry at Trust Company and Georgia Federal Savings Bank before becoming Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Blue Cross and Shield. During this time, Judy was an active member of the Atlanta Advertising Club, serving one time as its president. Judy’s later career included consulting at Coca-Cola, Hewett, AON, and other corporations prior to turning her focus on education and establishing a Huntington Learning Center in Sandy Springs.
In private life Judy was an incredible chef, interior designer, aquarobics instructor, gardener, seamstress and homemaker. She did it all with remarkable ease, style and grace. An active parishioner, Judy also served in several ministries at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Survivors include Judy’s husband, John Horton; son, Adam; son, Jay; daughter-in-law, Ashley; grandson, Ian; granddaughter, Dadrianna; three brothers, Joseph Nirschl and wife Sandi of Philadelphia, Rick Nirschl, Larry Nirschl and wife Mary, all of Toledo, Ohio; and sister, Karen Nirschl of Cincinnati, Ohio. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Jane Nirschl, and brother, Ron Nirschl.
A wake or calling hours will be at Kenny Hall, Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Mass will be immediately followed by a reception at the church, and then burial at the Monastery’s Honey Creek Woodlands, Highway 212, Conyers, Georgia at 3:00 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Judy’s name to the non-profit organizations below that walked alongside us during her illness.
The Visiting Nurse Health System at:
The Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation at
As published in The Blade

Published in Toledo Blade on May 1, 2016


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