Judith Ann Aronson (Levandoski), 71, of Anacortes, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 14, 2011. She courageously battled pancreatic cancer and was on dialysis for 7 years. Judy was born on May 14, 1940 the second child to John and Helen (Thompson) Levandoski in the southwest side of Chicago IL.
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She graduated from Jones Commercial in 1959, and attended the Moody Bible Institute for a year.
On October 15, 1960 she married Jerry Aronson, and this was the beginning of their 50 year love story and they were blessed with 2 biological children and 2 adopted children from Korea.
In 1964 they moved to Littleton, Colorado, where Judy became a court liaison for Adoption Option Agency. Judy passionately worked to protect and place abused children in safe home environments. God used Judy and Jerry to counsel and witness to Vietnam Vets who where struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. They also worked with troubled teens and provided a bible study in their home.
In 1985 they moved to Marietta, GA. Judy and Jerry were involved in many church ministries such as Friends of Israel (Messiah for Israel) and assisting with the food bank. God used Judy and Jerry to witness to the Russian and Ukrainian people feeding their spiritual hunger and teaching them English, and in return learned about their culture, language and cuisine.
In June of 1997, Jerry and Judy decided to retire and move to Anacortes, WA to be closer to family. Their ministries and friendships flourished. Her passion became working with children in AWANA, and together, became AWANA leaders. Judy was able to teach the word of God to young girls; she found great joy in connecting with her class and was not only their teacher, but their friend. Her favorite thing to do was to bake cookies for "her girls". Judy always took great joy in sharing her food with others as part of her ministry. "He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I'll tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:2-4.
Judy and Jerry also developed a deep relationship with the Ukrainian and Asian student population. They witnessed to them and taught them English. It was with the help of Judy, that so many were able to obtain their U.S. citizenship. Judy's warmth and compassion overflowed into each person she met.
Judy was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, WA, involving herself with many ministries in the church and loved and embraced her church family. She has lived her life to be a servant to God, and He was able to use her to touch so many lives. She has been called home to be with God, her work may be done on Earth, but through her ministries many have obtained salvation and everlasting peace.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Levandoski.
Judy is survived by her "honey" husband Jerry; daughter Ruth Hein of Lopez Island, WA and her husband Jeff and grandchildren Gabriel, Gavin, Caden, and Monya; son Jefferey Aronson of McDonough, GA and his wife Angela; son Mark Aronson; daughter Lisa Kangas of Liberty Lake, WA and her husband Shane and grandchildren Elijah and Kiya; brothers Donald Levandoski, Charles Levandoski, and sister Grace Curry, and 16 or so family spread throughout the Midwest, East coast and Arizona.
A celebration of life service will be held to celebrate this remarkable woman at 6:00 pm, Friday, August 19, 2011 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mount Vernon.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Judy, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on August 17, 2011