JUDITH B. BASTIAN, 67 FLORENCE STATION - Judith B. Bastian, 67, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, surrounded by her family. Judy was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1945, to Oscar J. and Anna Marie (Steiner) Wyss. She lived in New Glarus, Wisconsin, until moving with her family to a farm west of Lena at age 2. Judy graduated from Lena-Winslow High School, Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She married Merek Bastian at the United Church of Christ in Elroy on April 5, 1969. They lived on and farmed the home farm near Florence Station throughout their marriage. Judy worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital, at South Coast Community Hospital in South Laguna, California, and for 41 years at FHN Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a Radiologic Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and as the Imaging Department Director for 24 years. During those years she led the implementation of medical imaging technologies new to FHN, including echocardiography, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear cardiology, CT, MRI and PET scanning. She was dedicated to her work and devoted to her family. Judy especially enjoyed shopping with her daughter, the performing arts, flowers and traveling. And she felt fortunate to have traveled throughout the United States and abroad. After retirement, she spent summers planting and tending her flower gardens. She enjoyed decorating and entertaining, especially during the holidays. Judy is survived by her husband, Merek of Florence Station; daughter, Debra (fiancé, John Booth) of Chicago; sister, Ruth (Albert) Thede of Shannon; nephew, Jason (Dawn) Thede of Shannon; niece, Joy (Brad) Lott of Oakland Township, Michigan; great-nephews and nieces, Jake Thede, Bailey Thede, Olivia Lott, Collin Lott and Brooklin Lott; father-in-law, Leonard Bastian of Freeport; brother-in-law, Linden (Deb) Bastian; sisters-in-law, Jalinda Bastian, Melissa (Arnie) Nebelsick and Janelle (Rick) McLean. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; mother-in-law; and a nephew. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m., also at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Aram will officiate. Burial will take place in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial fund has been established in her name. Please visit burketubbs.com to sign her online guestbook and to share memories.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from June 22 to June 23, 2013