Judith Kealey-Lieberman of Westport died Jan. 8 at home. She was 51.
The daughter of Warren and Alberta Kealey, she grew up in Norwalk and attended St. Thomas the Apostle School, Norwalk High School, and Southern Connecticut State University. At Norwalk High, she began her lifelong love of acting.
After college, she worked for the Dun & Bradstreet Company for a number of years before she began her career in the field of counseling and social work.
She initially worked as a coordinator in a group home for Starr Residential Treatment before becoming a licensed substance abuse counselor for Addiction Assessment Associates and Connecticut Renaissance Inc.
She was also the director of the men’s program at Project Return in Fairfield.
At the same time, she maintained a busy life as an actress at theaters throughout Fairfield County.
She performed lead roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Tartuffe,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and “Macbeth” among many other plays at a number of theaters including Stamford’s Curtain Call, The Boston Post Road Stage Company, Ridgefield Playhouse and the Westport Community Theatre.
She was a powerful actress with a great sense of humor. She and her husband Manny often appeared together onstage.
She is survived by her mother Alberta, her brothers Craig and Scott,
stepchildren Ned, Martha, and Jonathan, and her loving husband of 21 years and constant companion, Manny.
A memorial service has been planned for Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. on the stage of the Curtain Call Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06905.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Judith’s name to the Curtain Call Theatre at the address above, or to the Suzanne Kealey Ford Scholarship Fund, Worcester Educational Development Foundation, 210 Park Ave., Suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609.