Yesterday was Judy’s funeral and we spent the day in Michigan with her family and friends. She was loved and treasured by so many. I’m sharing this summary of her life (obituary) so you too can see what a special person she was. She has left such a wonderful legacy!
Loving and Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and loyal friend.
God called Judy to her heavenly home on February 11, 2018 while surrounded by her family at home, age 72. Judy was born June 25, 1945 to Oscar and Louise Schmidt in St. Joseph, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she joined the Kappa Delta sorority, and graduated with her bachelor of science.
It was also in East Lansing where Judy met the love of her life, Bazil. Bazil and Judy were happily married for 47 years, welcoming three beautiful children: P. Warren (Erin), Adam (Carelyn) and Sarah (Tom) Czolgosz. Judy was blessed to have her children all start families of their own, now with 7 grandchildren. Before her passing, Judy was ecstatic to hear that in May, another grandchild is expected, making her a “grandma” for an eighth time.
Judy worked for many years as a Medical Technologist at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, making many friends in her time there. She transitioned her efforts into volunteer opportunities through her church, First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. There, she served as Moderator of Deacons, a member of the bell choir, a Sunday school teacher, and as a Ruling Elder on Session. Furthering her ministry outside the church, Judy was an active volunteer at the Alcott Elementary School in Pontiac. Judy vastly enjoyed these and various additional outreach and volunteer programs through the church.
Judy had an enduring love for animals, and taught all of us to love small creatures, including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and fish. She also imbued in us an interest in birds and bird feeders, and showed us the simple joys of seeing the critters that came to feeders set out during the winter days. She also sparked an expanded vocabulary in all of us, describing the daily rigmarole and smorgasbord of activities in terms that her children still use today.
She was a Girl Scout brownie troop leader and devoted Cub Scout den mother who raised 2 Eagle Scouts and a daughter who was at least an honorary first class scout. She carried a tune throughout the day, expressed in hums and whistles, and raised people’s spirits wherever she worked. Everyone she knew loved her and her overwhelming kindness won over everyone who spent enough time with her.
Judy was so filled with life, having a personality that made her nearly impossible not to like and so cherished by friends. A quintessential grandmother, Judy enjoyed being caregiver, healer, cheerleader and best buddy to her many grandchildren. She enjoyed several trips overseas with family and cherished friends but liked quiet time at home and “up north” at the family lake house as well.
She so looked forward to seeing the fruits of her green thumb labor, as the bulbs bloomed in the spring and her gardens blossomed throughout the summer. She often resuscitated violets, particularly those that went to dorm rooms or offices, repotting and nurturing them, and growing “backup” plants from stem clippings.
Judy’s warmth, kindness, and joy for life, while they will be missed, will endure through so many of the lives she touched during her beautiful life on earth.
~Lovingly Submitted by the Family~