Judith Susan RIECH

Judith Susan Riech

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Judith Susan Riech, 70, passed away at her home on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.

She was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Springfield, the daughter of Paul and Helen Corey Forgas. Judy was employed by the Catholic Times for 10 years and the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal for two years. She retired in 2011 after 23 years of service to the SIU School of Medicine.

Judy enjoyed cooking for her family, friends, and neighbors. She volunteered two times a month cooking for the Helping Hands Program at St. Joseph Church. She was also involved in coaching and refereeing for the YMCA Youth Soccer League.

Judy is survived by Elmer J. Riech, the father of her four sons: Paul Riech, Robert "Bob" Riech, both of Springfield, John (wife, Cheryl) Riech of St. Elmo, Ill., and Tom (wife, Dena) Riech of Springfield; seven grandchildren: Megan Riech, Andrew Riech, Nicholas Riech, Sarah Riech, Michael Riech, Brandon Riech, and Nikole Yates; one brother, Ed (wife, Linda) Forgas of Chester, Ill.; and one sister, Carol (husband, Chuck) Besjak of Loami.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Alice and George Patrilli; brothers, Paul "Bud" Forgas and James Forgas; and sister-in-law, Betty J. Forgas.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

The family will be hosting a Memorial Gathering from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at St. Joseph Church, 1345 N. 6th St., Springfield, IL followed by a Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. with Rev. Steven Janoski, celebrant.