Judith Rempel

REMPEL, Judith Dianne Judith Dianne Rempel, born September 16, 1952 in Abbotsford, BC, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2011 in the arms of her loving husband, partner and soulmate, Grant. Judith celebrated life to the maximum, spending every minute twice, asking "why not" rather than "why" and giving until it helped. Judith grew up under a strong Mennonite family influence and was fiercely proud of her Mennonite heritage. She worked beside her beloved dad, Ben and mom, Irene in the family businesses as a child and never feint of heart, at eighteen years of age she travelled to Pennsylvania as a volunteer for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). From there at twenty she went to Winnipeg for the MCC for four years then on to university at Western earning a Masters Degree in Sociology. She worked for Manitoba Health for a time then on to work for the City of Calgary in 1987 as a Research Social Planner. She moved to Calgary Community Priorities in 2000 and then to Recreation in 2005 as a Research Social Planner. Judii was passionate about everything she did. Her work at the City, the MCC, her genealogy work, and especially her fabulous and memorable meals. Her highest passion was for exploring. She travelled to every continent on Earth except Antarctica living for a while in Africa. Her passion earned the respect of her professional peers at work and the love of her friends. Judith was the long-time coordinator of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta. Not only did she volunteer at the Library and Archives weekly, but she spent endless hours on the website, which she set up, researching history, genealogy, and answering queries and emails, from many places beyond Alberta. The ultimate genealogist, Judith prepared family histories for clients and friends. There will be a celebration of Judiths life at her home, Saturday, June 4 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Everyone who knew her is invited to drop in and say goodbye and chat with her friends. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES 12 East Lake Way N.E., Airdrie, Alberta Telephone: 403-216-5111 and 403-912-0307.

Published in The Calgary Herald on June 2, 2011