Judith LaBella Kornhauser (neé Carmazino), 81, of West Windsor passed away January 26, 2022 in her cherished home surrounded by her loving family. A mighty matriarch to her three daughters and her many grand and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her Gram, she will be remembered by her family as a living guardian angel, and a beacon of unconditional love, encouragement, and support. Humble and modest, she never grasped how truly extraordinary she was and the impact she had on so many lives. Elegant and ribald, kind and witty, adventurous and curious, she was the life of the party for her 81 yrs.
Born in Newark, NJ to the late Joseph and Ida Carmazino (née Rosenta), she married her first husband, the late Lawrence Cota, father of her three beautiful daughters: Janene, Carleen, and the late Laurel, at the age of 18. She raised her family in Bloomfield, NJ with her second husband, the late Salvatore Labella, and together they were the proprietors of beloved neighborhood tavern, Sam and Judi’s, in East Newark. When it came to love, the third time was the charm when she fell for and married the late Henry Kornhauser. Together, they created an extraordinary life and also threw some great theme parties. Christmas in July and the Willie Nelson party will long be remembered by family and friends. Their doors in New York City, Hope,NJ and lastly, the home they created in West Windsor, were always open and full of music, Italian cooking, and laughter. She lived her final chapter as companion to her good friend, the late Thomas Taibe, and together they enjoyed their golden years, traveling often to Italy and Mexico, generously hosting family and friends.
Judi will be remembered for many things, not least of all, the ease with which she beat everyone at Scrabble, the eclectic home she filled with her art and her contagious love and appreciation for life. To family and friends and the many charities she enjoyed supporting, her generosity was boundless. A true Italian grandma, she made everyone that came into her home feel like family, and she never let a soul leave underfed, including the birds and squirrels in her backyard. Armed with a glue gun, she was endlessly creative and talented. She painted and bedazzled her world, making everything she touched more glitzy and glamorous, and thankfully invited us all into her whimsical wonderland. With ageless beauty, she always dazzled with her love of sparkly clothes and costume jewelry, often in her favorite color, turquoise. While her infectious ebullience and love will continue to guide us all, her family will continue her legacy every time they make her pasta fagioli, although it will never be quite as good as hers.
Left to treasure her memory are her daughters, Janene Morgan-Cota and Carleen Thornley; granddaughters Nicole Cota, Jaqueline Thornley, and Alexandra Morgan; her great grandson, Thomas Henry Darden; brothers Richard Carmazino, Robert Bowers, and Rodney Bowers; stepson, Salvatore Labella; step-grandchildren, Justine Lim, Chris Dinardo, Michele Foulke, Caryn Goehring, Jason LaBella, Natalie LaBella, and Stephanie Abramson and their children.
A Celebration of her Life will be held in the Spring for family and friends to gather and remember her. Further details will be announced.