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Judith (Rogge) Wise


1939 - 2019
Judith (Rogge) Wise Obituary
Judith was born in Fairbanks on Sept. 6, 1939, to Eugene and Patricia Rogge. She passed away (from metastatic cancer) on Oct. 2, 2019, in Mount Vernon, Washington. Judy was the oldest of three children, and her childhood included many happy days surrounded by extended family at Harding Lake.
She graduated, with honors, from Lathrop High School, married George E. Wise, and then received degrees in both English and education, cum laude, from Seattle University. Judy then returned to Fairbanks where she taught fourth grade for 20 years at Nordale Elementary.
As a young woman, she raised seven children: four boys and three girls. She was dedicated to her family, Immaculate Conception Church (where she played the organ and arranged the church flowers for 35-plus years), her dear friends, quilting, cooking and gardening. In her retirement years she was a world traveler, touring 19 countries and 15 states.
Judy was known for her positive and cheery personality and being able to accomplish, before 9 a.m., what most people did in a day; she was extraordinary. Her love of fresh, French bread and See's chocolates were something she wanted people to remember her by.
She is survived by her husband George and children: Michele Gere, Eugene Wise (Jana), Glenn Wise (Kristie), Melinda Duncan (Kraig), Christopher Wise (Lorraine Gaffan) and Marcella Wise. Her son, George Wise Jr., predeceased her. Her grandchildren are Will and Madeline Gere; Tyrell, Samuel and Jack Wise; and Joel, Trevor and Brent Duncan. She is also survived by her brother, William Rogge, and sister, Kathleen Maher (James).
A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Church Building Fund. For her Alaskan family and friends, there will be a service in spring 2020.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 8, 2019
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