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Judith “Judy” Roberta Lindenbaum Maltenfort, 83, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Lee Jacob Maltenfort, died Friday, July 2, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in New York, NY, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude Lindenbaum.

Judy was creative her entire life. She studied theatrical costume design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  After marrying Lee, she went into business with her mother-in-law Pauline operating the needlepoint crafts store “The Knitting Center” in Millburn, New Jersey.  After that store closed, Judy and Lee were partners in “The Upstairs Maids,” making life-sized soft sculptures that resembled Victorian-era maids, butlers, chefs and chauffeurs.  They came to Savannah in 1992 and had a studio for several years at the City Market Art Center.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband Lee, who passed in 2018.  After his passing, she moved to Savannah Commons, now the Social at Savannah, and was known for her handmade jewelry, her humor, her love of Broadway theatre, and her personal fashion sense.

Survivors include her son, Mitchell Maltenfort, and his wife, Jennifer Davis Maltenfort of Philadelphia, PA.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Thursday evening, June 8, 2021, at The Social at Savannah, formerly known as The Savannah Commons – 1 Peachtree Drive.

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  1. Barbara & Bill Hart says:

    Our deepest condolences. Your mom was an extraordinary person. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Nan says:

    The world is definitely a bit darker today with Judy’s passing. Lee and Judy were THE BEST neighbors, friends, confidants and mentors to me and my family growing up in South Orange. They both will have a special place in my heart forever. Many condolences to Mitch, Jennifer and Oscar. Rest In Peace, my dear, dear friend.

  3. Arnold and Ruth Braff says:

    We met Judy in 1965 when she was the renting agent for a NYC apartment we rented. We became good friends with her and Lee and had many adventures with them. We lost touch with them until we ran into Mitchell a few years ago. we resumed our friendship mostly over Facebook and enjoyed sharing the memories of our early lives and her witty comments on her current situation.

    Sadly, we couldn’t get to see each other. We’ll miss you Judy…

  4. Matthew Martin says:

    Judy was such a treasure. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her long, but the time I did get to know her made a life long impression. My deepest condolences to her family and to Oscar. God bless all of you in your time of mourning.

  5. Scott West says:

    Judy was an amazing lady – we bonded over our mutual love for Maine Coon cats, Her daily stories on Facebook about the grump Oscar cat were wonderful and always brought a smile. She is missed. My condolences to the family members. I will always remember her. Miz Judy I know you are still bringing smiles to everyone !!

  6. Julie and Larry Gelb says:

    Judy was a very special woman and will be missed! I enjoy
    wearing the two pieces of jewelry that she created for me!!! I loved
    reading her posts about Oscar! May she rest in peace!!!

  7. Anita DeBlasio says:

    Judy and Lee have been dear friends for over 40 years. Shared many dinners, the Princeton Fete, and decorated half my house with Victorian goodies! I miss them both and regret not being able to visit last year. God bless them both.

  8. Nancy Zagorac says:

    Judy was one of the very first treasures I found upon moving to Savannah and into Savannah Commons. We became great friends right away. We both liked so many of the same things…. theater, movies, creative endeavors, reading, animals (especially cats) and sharing stories about these things in our own lives. She was fun and expressive and elegant and one of the most giving people I have met, and I loved her. I will miss her forever.

  9. Chris Forrest says:

    I know that Judy was well loved by her son, Mitch. She had an extraordinary personality, and a wit and sensibility that lives on with her son. I know she will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with her family.

  10. Cousin Barbara says:

    Cousin Mitchell! Your mom, my cousin, will be so missed! She lit up the world with her humor, wit, eccentricity and pure kindness and love! I will remember all the times she spent with me as a young child. I loved spending time with her! Years come and go quickly and we lose touch with loved ones. Glad I had seen her and Lee before he passed. And spent time with Judy. They are now dancing in Heaven together! So sorry for your loss… and ours!

  11. Stacy Jennings says:

    I cannot tell you how much I loved your parents, Mitchell. They were extraordinary people and I adored them. I still have earrings your mother made…and magazines from the 60s your dad would bring to me at the newspaper. They were in a few TV commercials I did in the early 2000s…I didn’t even hire them! The production company doing the spots hired them and when I saw the first cuts I was so surprised! I will have to find that reel. They were the cutest couple ever. While I am sad to lose Judy, I know she was reunited with
    your dad in heaven and they were dancing off into eternity, happy to be together again. Sending you love and peace, my friend.

  12. Joy Hiramoto says:

    Judy was an inspiration and a light in my life. She gave me hope when I thought I had none. Both Lee and Judy will be greatly missed.
    Sending you love and peace.

  13. Stuart Geller says:

    Sorry Mitchell
    I loved your mom
    When I was young we would visit Aunt Gertie
    at least once a month. Your mom would hangout
    With me and my sisters. She was great. Your mom
    Will always have a place in my heart. I’ll miss her.
    Cousin Stu

  14. Gail Thurman says:

    I will miss Judy when I return to The Social at Savannah. My heart aches for her family and friends.

    Gail Thurman

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