Judy was born Feb. 1, 1945, in Kokomo, to William Joseph and Sarah Carothers Dwyer. She attended Lincoln Elementary School and St. Patrick School. Judy graduated from Kokomo High School in 1963. She then began her college career at Indiana University, Seiberling Campus and the Kokomo Campus before transferring to the Bloomington Campus. She worked as a library assistant at all three campuses. When the campus moved from the Seiberling site to Washington Street, Judy and her sister, Susan, packed and moved the library books. Once arriving at the new site, they took great pleasure in working together to change each book from the Dewey Decimal System to Library of Congress System and then redoing the entire card catalog by hand. Judy continued her love of books by joining a book club during her retirement years.
Judy earned her B.S. in secondary education at Indiana University in 1967, a Master of Arts in Teaching at Indiana University in 1969 and a School Secondary Counselor Certificate in 1993 also at I.U. with credits from Purdue University.
From 1967 to 1968, Judy taught English at Maple Crest Junior High School, Kokomo, where she also sponsored the Drama Club. From 1969 to 1988, she taught English at Kokomo High School, where she provided leadership to Girl’s League and the National Honor Society. She accepted a position as guidance counselor at Northwestern High School in Howard County in 1988 and was appointed director of guidance in 1998. While at Northwestern, Judy took leadership of the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Selection Committee, Peer Helpers, New Student Q & A Group, Honor Program, Special Need Programs, the NOA Advanced Students Organization and was founder and leader of Students Against Drunk Driving at Northwestern.
Always the family focused woman, Judy organized many Schulte-Dwyer activities, bringing the two large families together as a fun-loving, vital extended family. Judy was interested in the Irish genealogy of her Dwyer family. She dreamed of traveling to County Kilkenny, Ireland. She was in love with literature and language and was a devotee of the NPR programs “A Way With Words” and “The Writers Almanac,” as well as Dylan Thomas and other 20th century authors and poets. Along with Dennis, Judy enjoyed volunteering in her daughter’s classroom during her retirement.