Judith A. Storms, 67, died April 10, 2010, in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., after a lengthy illness.

She lived in the Washington-Woodbury area for 30 years.

Mrs. Storms was a retired registered nurse and former director of nursing at several long-term care facilities in western Connecticut.

Upon moving to Washington Depot in 1979, Mrs. Storms was a nursing manager at New Milford Hospital and then became director of nursing at River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury, where she founded the state's first Alzheimer's caregivers support group.

She later held director of nursing positions at Mediplex of Danbury, Pope John Paul II Care and Rehabilitation Center of Danbury, Filosa Nursing Home of Danbury, and Pomperaug Woods of Southbury.

Mrs. Storms was born in Buffalo and was a 1960 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School and a 1964 graduate of D'Youville College. She received her Master of Nursing Administration degree from Western Connecticut State University in 1998.

As a child, she was severely burned in a tragic elementary-school fire that claimed the lives of 15 of her sixth-grade classmates.

She suffered third-degree burns that required three months of hospitalization and 10 years of skin grafts. As a result of this experience, Mrs. Storms studied and trained to become a nurse to care for others in need.

That school fire propelled the enactment of both national and New York state building codes for school construction, such as prohibiting the use of wooden structures, requiring rescue windows in classrooms, creating minimum-sized requirements for windows, doors and hallways, and providing for the control of heating plants.

Mrs. Storms is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Buffalo; a son, Jeffrey, and his wife, Lillian, of New Milford; two daughters, Jill Pawlik, and her husband, Brian, of Buffalo, and Julie Fontaine, and her husband, Bill, of New Hampshire; her mother, Nellie Marchese, and her husband, the late Carmen Marchese; and two brothers, James Marchese, and his wife, Sandra, and Charles Marchese, and his wife, Patti, all of Buffalo. She also leaves grandchildren and great-grandchildren in New Milford.

The Amigone Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Boulevard, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240-0590.