James, Judith "Judy"
Judith "Judy" (Splan) James left our world on April 2, 2014, in Zephyrhills, FL., at the age of 72.
Mom was born February 3, 1942, and blessed her parents, William and Eleanor, with an amazing and beautiful daughter. She had a happy childhood with many wonderful memories of time spent with her brother Jim, parents, family and friends. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1960, where she was a member of the marching band and played the clarinet. She talked often and fondly of the good times she had with her friends.
She married Lee James in 1961 and, in 1962, they began their family, which included four children. We were her pride and joy. She always made each of us feel loved and special in our own way. We could talk to her about anything and everything, and she could always keep a secret. Her love, comforting words, wisdom and support helped us to become who we are today.
Mom spent the 1980's self-employed, and spent most weekends up at the cottage in Pickerel. The small cottage was always full of people and she loved every minute of it. When she retired, she built a home by the lake and enjoyed the peaceful mornings listening to the loons and watching the hummingbirds.
Mom had many amazing friends, including her three best: Moria Ejnik, Lorraine Hendzel, and the "other" Judy James. Their friendship was priceless to her. She loved to entertain, and our home was always filled with people. At times the floor was so full of kids there was no room to walk. She made everyone who walked through our door feel like family. Laughter and good food were always in abundance.
She was blessed with six grandchildren, who she loved more than words can say. She had a special relationship with each of them and was so proud of the people they were becoming. They filled her life with so much love and laughter. She was always there for the little and big moments in their lives. In 2013, she became a great grandmother to two beautiful little girls, who added a little extra twinkle to her eye and overflowed her heart with love.
Mom was never a cold weather person and, in 2006, she became a snowbird and spent winters in Zephyrhills, FL. She quickly made friends, who added so much happiness to her life. The Colony Hills community became her second family. They brought out a side of her we did not even know she had. She learned to paint, was part of the choir, and loved being part of the Red Hatters. She treasured her time there, and we are grateful for the love and friendship they all gave her.
She had a very strong faith which helped guide her through many tough times in her life. She loved being part of the Peace Lutheran Church family and found solitude within their community.
She will be missed every moment of every day by her daughters and sons-in-law: Renee (Doug) Holewinski, Rhonda (Doug) Budz, and Tina (Travis) Hendzel; grandchildren: Brandon (fiancée Tammy Rybicki) Holewinski and their daughter, Evelyn; Amber (Cory) Gauthier and their daughter Laila; Levi and Tanner Budz; and Jaden and Jasmine Hendzel; brother and sister-in-law: Jim (Shirley) Splan; and her nephews: Dwayne, Darrel and Doug Splan.
She will also be missed by her extended family: Donna and Wayne Johnson, Mary and Clarence James, Gary and Gail James, and her nieces and nephews: Gene, Allen, Bruce, Chris, Debby, Tammy, Becky and Jesse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dean; and her niece, Karri.
Friends may call at Peace Lutheran Church (Kunesh), 1954 County U, Green Bay, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Tuesday. The Funeral Service will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Tuesday at the church, Pastor Don Behrendt officiating. Burial will take place in Mill Center Cemetery,
We would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and especially the amazing nurses from Florida Hospital in Zephryhills ICU for the amazing care they gave mom and for the compassion and support they showed for us. The family would also like to thank the staff of Gulfside Hospice for the love, kindness and peace they gave mom and our family.
"And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long." Psalm 23
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186 E. Pulaski Street Pulaski, WI 54162
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 6, 2014