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Lisel Judge (Oppenheim)

Mar 23, 2017

Lisel Judge (Oppenheim) of Boca Raton, FL peacefully passed away on March 23, 2017, having recently celebrated her 101 birthday surrounded by her loving family.

Lisel was born to parents Elizabeth and Alfred in 1916 in Offenbach, Germany. Lisel had a passion for sports, and found she had a great talent as a fencer, an Olympic hopeful in 1936.

Lisel married Peter Oppenheim and had a daughter, Barbara, in 1937. In 1938 the family fled Germany and started a new home in the Brookline, Mass, with Peggy and Philip soon joining the family. Lisel continued to follow her passion for fencing, founding the Boston Fencing Club while teaching at various private school. Lisel spent many joyful summers as the Director of the Cambridge School of Weston Day Camp.

The highlight of her career was joining the faculty at Brandeis University where she led the Women’s Fencing team to victory. Lisel coached the Brandeis women's fencing team from 1955 until her retirement in 1981. During that span, she guided the team to 16 New England championships, earning her a place in Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd. She also served as an assistant athletic director at Brandeis and was a member of the faculty. Upon retiring, she became active in the Brandeis National Women’s Committee.

Lisel retired to Boca Raton in 1981 to be closer to her sister, Edith. This chapter of her life was filled with music, taking up the cello at the age of 40. It was through her passion for music that she found the love of her life, Henry Aaron, a conductor. They enjoyed many summers together at Chautaqua, returning to Edgewater Pointe Estates in the winter where they shared educational musical programs with their community.

Lisel is survived by her daughter, Barbara Walsh (James) of Billerica. MA; her son, Philip Oppenheim of Las Vegas, NV; her niece, Susan Mohl, six grandchildren; and eight great-grandhildren.  She is preceded in death by  her daughter , Peggy, her sister, Edith, and her love,  Henry Aaron.  Services will be private.

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