Judith/Judy Ann McDermott - Kalasardo|
9/28/39 - 6/19/11
Resident of Berkley, Ill./Walnut Creek, CA
Judy passed away on Sunday afternoon with all her family by her side after a short but painful illness. She has now gone to be in the graces of God our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ in his Mighty Kingdom to spend an eternity of happiness with loved ones who had gone before her.
Judy was born in Berkley Ill., to Joseph and Violet McDermott, the middle of 3 Children. After graduating from Proviso High School, Judy worked in River Forest Ill. where she met the love of her life, Pat Kalasardo. Judy would walk pass Pat's window everyday to get her daily coffee. After several attempts by Pat to get her to go on a date with him, she reluctantly accepted. She would later come to realize it was the best decision she ever made in her whole life.
After dating Pat only 3 months, he asked her to marry him. They were married February 10th, 1962.
Not soon after that she gave birth to three beautiful children in just three years, Donnie, Debbie and Brian. They all resided happily in Elmhurst, Ill. Pat, while working for Hartford Insurance, took a promotion which brought the family from Hartford CT. to California. So Judy packed up her 3 kids and off to California the family went. While Judy was raising her three young children she did a lot of volunteer work. She worked at the elementary school, Valle Verde as a teacher assistant with her kids for 6 Years. She also volunteered in San Francisco with developmental and intellectually challenged youths for 7 years. She not only helped these kids with academics but Judy instilled in them, how to live their lives each day. She showed them how to be kind and how to accept challenges of life. She taught them how to LOVE and how to be loved and what was really important in life.
As Judy's children became teenagers, she needed to be around home more often so she started volunteering nearby at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek for the next 10 years where she helped patients and put smiles on their faces every day. Judy's heart was so big, she not only loved helping her family whenever she could, she enjoyed helping everyone and anyone she came in contact with, including total strangers. Her goal in life was helping others.
Judy leaves behind her two wonderful daughters in laws, Carol Kalasardo and Lisa Kalasardo. They loved her like she was their own mother and she loved them as if they were her own.
She also leaves behind 8 Grandkids. Nick (21) and Heather (19) (Bob Debbie), Chrissy (23), Donnie (21), and Joey (17) (Don Carol) and her babies (as she called them) Keaton (9), Colby (8) and Kyler (4) (Brian Lisa). These Grandchildren were Grammas world, She loved each of them so very much and loved spending time with them.
She also leaves behind her sister Jackie and her husband Jim, her niece Kimberly (Rudy) Lindsay (11), Casey (8) and Nephew David (Marybeth) Matthew (17), Megan (13) Katie (12).
Judy, as a wife#8230; will always be remembered as an incredible wife, who doted on Pat and always put his feelings first. She loved him so deeply with every bit of her big heart and he who loved and adored her more than anything on this entire earth.
As a Mother#8230; she was always there to listen, was never too busy to make sure her kids were alright. A mother who had an endless supply of love for her kids and they loved and adored her with every beat of their hearts.
As a Grandma#8230; she was the greatest Grandma in the whole wide world to each of her 8 Grandkids. She always made time for them and could never see them enough. Grandma loved them all, unconditionally, with all her heart. Each of the Grandchildren loved being at Grandma's house. They loved spending time with her and always wanted to help her however they could. She would always say "I just Love all my babies so much!"
She can now spread her wings and fly to spend an eternity with her oldest son Donnie, her baby brother Donnie, and her Mom and Dad, (Violet and Joe). They've been waiting for her with open arms. Now Judy/Mom/Grandma will be waiting for us with her arms wide open, with that big bright twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes.
Judy, Mom, Grandma may you rest in peace and know we're all going to be ok.
Services will be held at Oak Park Hills Chapel Walnut Creek on Saturday, June 25th at 6pm. In lieu of Flowers please make donations to: The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. 5716 Corsa Avenue, Suite 203, Westlake Village, CA 91362
Judy will be sorely missed by so many but especially her family and her loving husband, Pat. Condolences may be expressed at www.oakparkhillschapel.com
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 22, 2011