Judith Faye Bezner, loved her family

November 28, 2022

Judith Faye Bezner (Messick), 83, of Lewes, completed her earthly journey and peacefully transitioned to her next great adventure Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. She at last has reunited with her daughter, Karen Duko and grandson, Joshua Gallagher.

Judy was born March 10, 1939, in Chester, Pa. Soon after graduating from Chester High School, she started her family and had three beautiful daughters. There was never a dull moment when raising girls alone, and through every hurdle, Judy demonstrated tremendous wit, spunk, determination and resilience. You can see that all these same attributes have been carried down through generations. In 1984, she obtained her cosmetology license and remained a hair stylist until retirement.

After her grandson’s untimely passing, she was baptized into the Catholic Church and volunteered at AI DuPont Children’s Hospital, entertaining the children as Jo-Bo the Clown.  During that time, she would also make appearances at her grandchildren’s schools and local community events. After some time, Judy packed up her clown shoes and moved to Lewes in the late 1990s.

Judy enjoyed writing children’s stories and poems. She was always meant to be centerstage, as her jokes, rhymes and theatrics garnered attention from all around. Judy had a special relationship with every single one of her grandchildren and would be present for all their special moments, always in their corners. She loved her family above all else and could not have been prouder of all their accomplishments.

Never one to back down and always one to give the most memorable laughs, Judy will be incredibly missed by her daughters: Jayne Chiappetta and Judy Duko; her son-in-law, Michael Chiappetta; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom Messick and his wife Diane; and many extended family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes. Interment will be private.

Final care has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Visit Judy’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at

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