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From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



Judy Schmidt


Judy Schmidt passed away at home on Sept. 13, 2009, with her family at her side, and her beautiful spirit began a new journey into the loving embrace of her Creator. Judy's passing, like her life, was a celebration of a life well lived.

She was born July 27, 1941, in Durand, the daughter of Richard and Betty Harschlip Finn. She attended Lincoln Elementary, Eau Claire Junior High, Memorial High School and Wisconsin State College-Eau Claire. Judy worked for 31 years at Parkside Elementary School in Fond du Lac, where she found joy in discovering the best in each child she encountered. The foundation of her life was her family. Her gentleness, kindness and generosity were woven into every aspect of their lives.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Thomas; her three children, Peter (Charlene) of Mosinee, David of Stockton, Calif., and Jenny of Fond du Lac; one sister, Patti (Jim) of Williamsburg, Va.; and one brother, Gary (Deb) of Menomonee Falls. Judy's two grandchildren, Katie, daughter of Peter and Charlene, and Everett, son of Jenny, filled her life with boundless joy and pride. She is also survived by her father, Richard Finn of Eau Claire; her mother-in-law, Gladys Schmidt of Chippewa Falls; her aunt, Shirley (Ray) Lawrence of Mondovi; uncles, Stanley Finn of California, and Jack Finn (Barbara) of West Salem.

Preceding her in death were her mother, Betty Druschel; and her stepfather, Arthur Druschel.

Judy had many talents and interests, including rosemaling, chair caning, gardening, basket making, physical fitness, genealogy and cooking. In her retirement years, she and Tom enjoyed traveling; but even more, she valued the times she spent with her family, especially being an integral part of her grandchildren's lives.

Her smile was a radiant source of warmth and happiness and will hold a special place in the heart of all of those fortunate enough to have known her. She will be missed and never forgotten.

Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Schmidt will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home in Fond du Lac.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Birthday Book Literacy Program in care of the family.

Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com.