In Memory

Judith Cope (Unzner)

Judith Cope (Unzner)

Judith Unzner

River Valley Times managing editor Judith Unzner, 66, passed away March 27, 2016 unexpectedly from complications due to a lengthy illness, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy. She was born Judith Mae Cope and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a child, Judith was passionate about celebrating holidays. As a teenager, she started her lifelong love of bridge, croquet and board games. Her family was involved in the performing arts, and she began performing in plays and musicals at a young age.

After a short time at Arizona State, Judith spread her wings and became a flight attendant, finally settling in California. After Unzner’s family purchased the “Murieta Times”, Judith worked up to managing editor, a role she was dedicated to for 16 years.

Surviving Judith are her ex-husband and soulmate, Cornell Unzner; sisters Marcia Cope-Hart and Victoria Critz; brother-in-law Steve Hart; daughters Alicia Sanders and Chelsea Unzner; son-in-law Christopher Sanders; stepson Christopher Unzner; nieces Melissa Votaw and Haleyann Hart; nephew Brian Hart; granddaughter Autumn and grandson Matthew; and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. at Unity of Sacramento Church, 9249 Folsom Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judith Unzner’s name to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research at

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03/14/18 09:51 PM #1    

Jeffrey Frischkorn

very, very sweet young lady.. always a smile...

03/15/18 01:01 PM #2    

Judy Lang (Baranek)

I will always remember the fun we had,
especially in choir. She was my dearest
friend in our senior year. So sorry that we lost touch after graduation. It sounds like she had a wonderful and exciting life. God Bless her family.

03/15/18 01:13 PM #3    

Dolores Lasko (Michalski)

So sorry that a beautiful life ended so young. Her smile always lit up the room. 



03/15/18 04:12 PM #4    

Michelle Taylor (Keogh)

I remember Judy well as a prominent member of Maynard Everson's choir.  She was beautiful then and I can see grew to be a beautiful woman.  She sang in the girl's quartet and assemble group which I belonged to.  She had talent and I'm sure she is missed by her family. R.I.P. Judy!

03/16/18 06:32 AM #5    

Kenneth Herman

I know she is now singing with the angels in God's heavenly choir. I have fond memories of Judy especially remembering how she loved the song "Western Union" that was popular on the radio during our time with the Eastlake North choir.. She definitely lives on in our memories!

03/16/18 02:28 PM #6    

James Pennza

Judy, Judy, Judy thanks for the memories!

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