She is survived by her husband of over 30 years, Alberto Berry, and sons Alejandro of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Miguel of Poway, Calif. Originally from Westborough, she was the beloved daughter of Robert C. Achorn of Sutton and the late Jeanne M. (Belo) Achorn. She is also survived by her siblings, Carole Judge of Westborough, Susan Achorn of Uxbridge, Edward Achorn of Rehoboth, and Nancy Engberg of Westborough.
After graduating from Westborough High School, she attended Boston University, from which she graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematics Education.
She had a successful career in banking, rising quickly to a branch manager position with Freedom Federal Savings. She left that career to relocate with her husband and start a family. She made her way from New England to San Diego by way of Colorado, Germany, and Spain. Along the way, she taught her children kindness, a love of learning, and to have an open mind for getting along in the world.
She learned the languages and customs of the places in which she lived, and made lifelong friends wherever she went. She also learned to cook local dishes, expanding her already formidable repertoire of kitchen compositions, along with the joy of cooking for her family. As her children grew, Judy became a tireless volunteer to support the learning in her children’s schools – she set up book fairs, conducted classroom literature circles, and mentored other youths. She always preferred working directly with the kids.
Above all, we will remember Judy for her kind and gentle soul, her devotion to her family and friends, and her absolute fulfillment as a mother. We will cherish her memory forever. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Judy’s memory to www.reachoutandread.org.