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Judith Kay (Cox) Zerpoli

Costa Mesa, CA

Judith Kay Zerpoli was born November 25th, 1940 in Fort Dodge, IA, and passed away December 24th, 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA.

Judie grew up in Des Moines, IA, and graduated from Des Moines Technical High School. She married Dick Buckles and moved to California in 1959. They were married for 18 years, had 3 children, and remained close life-long friends.

Judie enjoyed a diverse career, working in publishing, life insurance, and real-estate.

She found her soul-mate, Frank Zerpoli, in 1990 and married him 6 months later. Together they found success in the booming Palm Desert real estate market, for which they won many awards, and which provided them a happy and comfortable life together. They found joy together in so many things, like playing bridge or poker with family, going to the movies, cooking for each other, they even owned a few race horses together. They lived life together as one, inseparable.

Judie's love and loyalty to her family was unconditional and knew no bounds. She was a wise, caring, patient, and supportive mother and grandmother. She is survived by three children: Kristina Hurst, Kimberly Buckles-Barbato, and Thomas Buckles, four step-children: Laura Steslicki, Alan Zerpoli, Nancy Sparks, and Tina Richardson; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by cousins Judy Morgan, Bob Hanrahan, Dan Hanrahan, Becky Daugherty, Ron Bush, Janet Bush, and Aunt Marge Crispen.

Judie passed away on Christmas Eve, her favorite time of year, with her family nearby. Her family is comforted knowing that she is now at peace, in Frank's arms, and dancing delighted by the light of their eternal love. Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 3rd, at a location to be determined. If you would like to attend, please contact her family at and we will provide time and location details. If you cannot attend, please join us in remembrance and celebration by blowing her a kiss every year on Christmas Eve, the most joyous time of year.

Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 29, 2013
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