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Judith A. (Kimple) Fitch passed away peacefully on April 24, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Judith was born September 22, 1939, to parents Lloyd
and Constance Kimple. She
attended DeVilbiss High School.
Judith married and started her family at a young age. While raising her children and working, she finished her education at the University of Toledo, attaining her Master of Arts, specializing in international finance.
Judith worked for the
Andersons in Maumee, Ohio from 1972 until her retirement in 2002. Her positions included working as a commodity broker and grain merchant. Judith was a well-respected and prominent businesswoman. She served on various leadership committees including the Andersons Company Chair for the United Way and a board member of the Maumee Valley Girl Scouts. Judith was an influential mentor for many women and a strong advocate for women's education and empowerment in the workplace. In 1981, Judith was an honoree of the Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, sponsored by the YWCA. She later served as a general Chair for the TWIN Award.
Judith married the love of her life, Marion F. Fitch, on February 4, 1979. They met while attending classes at
UT, both pursuing higher
educations. They traveled the world for the next twenty-five years, learning about and
experiencing the cultures of over one hundred countries.
Judith was a member of the Church of St. Andrew UMC. Her faith in God and service to others led to her involvement in the church. Judy served as lay leader and president of the memorial committee for many years.
Judy was a vivacious, beautiful and loving woman. She had many interests and
numerous good friends. Her closest friends included members of her book, dinner, knitting clubs. Her hobbies included gardening, going to the movies and knitting beautiful clothing for herself and family.
Judith was a loving and
generous mother and grandmother. She helped shape the lives of her children and grandchildren to be the best they could be. Her family dearly loved her and will
always be grateful for her unconditional love.
In addition to her parents, Judith was preceded in death by her husband, Marion;
previous husbands, Harry Brigham and John Watson; sister, Kathleen Saari and son-in-law, John Krontz. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Dr. Steven C. (Krishni) Brigham; daughter, Amy
L. Krontz; brother, David (Darlene) Kimple; grandchildren, John and Kaitlyn Krontz, Elizabeth and Abigail Brigham, Jacob (Clare) Spafford, Stephanie Spafford, Sarah Gould; stepdaughters, Judi (Warren) Gould, Victoria (Hanson) Holmes; great-grandchildren, Connor Gould, Griffin and Ava Spafford.
Judith will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She touched many lives with her intelligence, zest for life and loving nature.
Friends may call at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Ave. on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Church of St. Andrew UMC, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Pastor Laura Bensman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Judith's memory may be given to the church.
The family would like to thank the Dana Center at UTMC and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the
exceptional care they gave Judith.
Walter Funeral Home - Toledo
4653 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 26, 2014