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IHA’s Judy Colitz Dies

Colitz worked for IHA for more than 20 years
Posted on January 28, 2016 by Allison Zisko

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ROSEMONT, ILL —Judy Colitz, manager of special events and executive services for the International Housewares Association, passed away Jan. 26 from breast cancer complications. She was 66.

Colitz joined IHA in 1993 in the membership services department and over the years served as manager of membership services and manager of executive services. She was well-known and loved in the industry for her work with the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) since its founding in 1997, IHA’s Chief Officers Reaching Excellence (CORE) share groups, the Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) and the Government Affairs Committee, as well as events such as the Global Innovation Awards (gia) at the International Home + Housewares Show.

“Judy’s contributions to IHA and the Housewares Charity Foundation can never be truly measured, and she will be greatly missed,” said Phil Brandl, IHA’s president and CEO. “During her 22 years at IHA, she touched many lives through her work with the HCF and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, CORE, CHESS and the other member services she administered. We have lost a devoted colleague and friend.”

“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation mourns Judy’s passing. Her devotion to BCRF and to funding research to put an end to breast cancer was unparalleled. We have lost a treasured friend,” said Leonard A. Lauder, BCRF chairman, and Myra J. Biblowit, president.

Colitz is survived by her husband, Alan, and son, Andrew. Services will be today at Shalom Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Arlington Hts., Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Housewares Charity Foundation, c/o IHA, 6400 Shafer Ct, Ste 650, Rosemont, IL 60018 or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.