Judith Elwell Olear, 86, of Washington, died Aug. 23 at New Milford Hospital with her family at her side. She was the wife of John Olear.

She was born June 7, 1927, in New Haven, the daughter of the late William B. Elwell and Lucy Ives (Stevens) Elwell. She grew up in Waterbury, graduating from Crosby High School in 1945.

She began a career in banking at Waterbury Savings Bank, taking time off to raise a family, in Cheshire. She returned to banking at Colonial Bank, both in Waterbury and Cheshire, and retired in 1985 from the commercial loan department of the Bank of Boston after a career of 25 years.

She was a member of both the Waterbury and Cheshire Junior Women's clubs and a volunteer at Gaylord Hospital.

While residing in Washington, she became a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, where she served as assistant treasurer and was a member of the altar guild. She also enjoyed serving on many of her high school reunion committees over the years.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by her daughter, Tracey Olear Struble, and her husband, Joe, of Meriden; and two sons, Mark S. Olear, and his wife, Dep, of Geneva, Ill., and William Randall Olear, of Cheshire; her grandchildren, Stephen Struble, of East Hampton; Elizabeth Struble Floyd, and her husband, Jeremy, of Bristol; and Rebecca Olear and Rachael Olear, both of Geneva. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Mary E. Lee.

A memorial service will take place Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 78 Green Hill Road, Washington.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation, P.O. Box 418629, Boston MA 02241; to the Kidney Foundation, 2139 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill CT 06067; or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington CT 06111.