Judith Schlick PRYOR
1934 - 2020
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May 10, 1934 — May 4, 2020 Judith lived a purposeful life. She embraced non scholae, sed vitae and lived with "the courage of her convictions". Judith was a lifetime St. Paul resident and world traveler. She graduated from the Convent of the Visitation School in 1952, attended Rosemont College, Philadelphia, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1956. She married Thomas Pryor in 1965. Judith taught 2nd grade, sold toys at the Pied Piper, led corporate training for Wilson Learning, and sold homes with Burnett Realty. At 60, she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Poland. At 70, she earned a masters degree from St. Catherine University where she gathered the "Young Theologians" and began a career as a spiritual director. She improved the world through multiple vocations. Judith was a committed parishioner at St. Luke's (St. Thomas More) and St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Churches. She was an Ignatian Associate and steadfast volunteer at Listening House. Judith sponsored and assisted countless Alcoholics Anonymous members over 46 years. She was politically active and worked tirelessly for social justice and peace. In her spare time she contributed to the beauty of St Paul boulevards as a Master Gardener. Always curious and learning, Judith was active in the Twin City Opera Guild, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, her favorite book club, bridge club, and various women's groups. Judith was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Marshall Schlick and Hazel Dempsey Schlick; sister, Sally Schlick Colbert; nephew, Frank Schlick Jr; brother-in-law, Peter Christ Andrews; and infant daughter, Mary. She is survived by her children, Michels Dempsey Pryor (Jessica) of Augusta, GA, Alice Pryor of St. Louis Park, MN, Thomas Pryor of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Rebecca and Sara Dulin, Diego and Marco Pryor; siblings, Betty S. Andrews of St. Paul, and Frank Schlick (Janelle) of Woodbury, MN; and nieces and nephews, Kathleen and Elizabeth (Scott) Colbert of North Carolina, and Mary Colbert of Florida, Susan Schlick Westbrook (Bill) of Virginia, Kelly Schlick Eickhoff (Jason) of Woodbury, Andrew Schlick of Cottage Grove; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, and godchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 8th. Due to social distancing, the service is limited to immediate family. The family is live streaming the ceremony at http://youtu.be/qAuQQWEln.Gg Private Interment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to one of Judith's favorite charities is gratefully appreciated: Listening House 463 Maria Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106; St. Francis Cabrini, 1500 Franklin Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; Little Sisters of the Poor 330 Exchange St. S., St. Paul, MN 55102; Convent of the Visitation 2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55102. Judith would like to share her Famous Chocolate Sauce recipe with the world. Melt 1/2 lb butter with 8 oz of unsweetened chocolate; add 4 c sugar; 2 cans Evaporated Milk. Heat to 188 degrees, seal in sterilized jars. Judith was a treasure to her friends and family as well as complete strangers. 651-698-0796





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Published in Pioneer Press on May 6, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Funeral Mass
St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church
Interment
Calvary Cemetery
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 13, 2020
Judith was one of the most giving persons I have ever known. Her caring extended to all. One of her annual projects at our church was Undie Sunday where she invited parishioners to bring new mens
Underwear for the homeless. She blessed us all.
Kay Vandervort
Friend
May 11, 2020
Judith was truly and wonderfully unique in every way. I will remember her for her wise words of hope, charity and faith and her hospitality for the Young Theologians. She's raising a ruckus in heaven!
Sheila Laughton
Friend
May 10, 2020
While i did npt know Judith, one of her sponsees is a close friend and i will be glad to honor her by making that chocolate sauce! Because life is short and we should all enjoy more chocolate.
Samantha Shine
Friend
May 9, 2020
She was a kind, thoughtful and vivacious woman. She will be missed
Jan Stubbs
Friend
May 9, 2020
Judith was and will ever be my hero. Her Birthday is tomorrow and Im celebrating it here while she breathes deeply and freely in the presence of Jesus. As she said to me, Ill get healed one way or another- here or in heaven. Heaven it is dear friend.
Victoria Heisel
Friend
May 8, 2020
As a Visitation alumna, Ive known Judith forever. But within the last years Ive had a chance to spend more time with her. Several lunches and dinners, and we were opera buddies going to several Met Opera productions in the movie theater. She was a remarkable woman and did so many different things to make this a better world for us all. Shell be missed by many.
Anna Ettel
May 8, 2020
Our thoughts of sincere caring to the entire Pryor family. An entire community is saddened by the loss of Judy.
I am making her famous chocolate sauce today, and I intend to eat an entire jar of it myself in honor of Judy on Sunday, her birthday, and Mother's Day. The memorial Mass was beautiful.
With deepest sympathy,
Dr. Jack and Pat Gaertner
Patricia Gaertner
Friend
May 8, 2020
My condolences to all of the Pryor family. What an exemplary life. Rest In Peace. Millie and Robert Isaac family in Arizona. We are Jessicas (Michels) aunt and Uncle.
Robert Isaac
May 7, 2020
I smiled when I read Kates comment referring to Judith as a broad because it was so true. Judith could handle almost any situation with joy and panache an elegant dinner party or roughing it out as a Peace Corps Volunteer (just dont let her hold the map!). And at the end of her life I think she was hugely successful because she left us wanting more, but knowing well carry her in our hearts and her legacy will live on in all the lives she touched. Thank you Judith for being my friend and mentor, and for being a gently persistent spiritual adviser. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us. I hope you find comfort in your memories and knowing what a difference she made wherever she went.
Mary Beth Theisen
Friend
May 7, 2020
I knew one day I would have to see this. Judith was my foster son's Guardian Ad litem. She stayed with his case for over 10 years. I knew he got lucky landing her for his advocate. She was the most constant person in his life next to me. She just knew what he needed and go right down to business when it came to dealing with his issues. I had the joy of becoming her friend. I look forward to seeing you in heaven Judith. You were a very cool human being and an inspiration to me. Love you, Ana Young
Ana Young
Friend
May 6, 2020
Alice - Rebecca - Sara......I am SO sorry to hear about your mother's - grandmother's passing. I only met her a few times but I really enjoyed her company. Alice - please send me your address and give yourself a hug from me - okay? Love ya all!
Wendy Fine
Friend
May 6, 2020
Im so sorry to hear of Judiths passing. I loved working with her on Sister Péronne Maries book of poetry. She absolutely made the most of life! God speed and peace to her family.
Sharon Ferraro
Friend
May 6, 2020
What an amazing woman! We all are fortunate to have known her and grateful for all she did for others and for the world.
Jeanne Junge
Neighbor
May 6, 2020
Dear Pryor family - So sorry to hear this news of Judy passing. Sincere condolences to Mike and Alice!
I will always remember her amazing energy and smile. She always had words of wisdom. One of kind personality, kindness. Sending you prayers and peace during this difficult time.
Chris Nichols
Friend
May 6, 2020
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Much love to your family! I so enjoyed my visits to the house and sharing chats with Judith! I fondly recall the huge hot tub in the driveway and all the stories and fun! My condolences to you, your family and friends! Mick Smuk
Mick Smuk
Friend
May 6, 2020
I already miss hugging Judith and hearing her announcements at Cabrini for Undie Sunday. When she got us to bring in new underwear for the homeless people at Listening House.

She was both a total lady and a wonderful broad--in the best senses of both terms.
Kate Shields
Acquaintance
May 6, 2020
To die happy, you must live life with that end in mind. Judith did that. Live a life of purpose. My goodness, she sure did that. A fulfilling life journey is easier said than done. If there were an example, it would be Judith. I will fondly remember her as a courageous, vibrant Peace Corps volunteer. Backpack on her back, walking on those rough streets in Poland. To Judiths family, keep the faith knowing she is loved. Miss you, love you.
Doris Shindelar Roney
Friend
May 6, 2020
We've known Judith for many years. From St. Luke's to St. Frances Cabrini. She was a force to be reckoned with but what a positive force! Her strength and toughness brought hope, love, safety, forgiveness, shelter, food, clothing and so much more to so many. We were blessed to have known her! We share in your loss.
Jerry and Rose Huck
Rose and Jerry Huck
Friend
May 6, 2020
The Red door lady who gets it done.
ChloeAlexa Landry
Friend
May 6, 2020
My heart is breaking and yet there is gratitude to god for giving us such a beautiful piece of Godself in her. She truly lived the Spirit for all of us to see. I will eat lots and lots of chocolate sauce in her honor. Watch over us Judy as you always have.
Lisa Kelly
Friend
May 6, 2020
She turned on a light switch wherever she went. I was her PCMO in Poland
Chrissie Stacey
Acquaintance
May 5, 2020
Judith was one in a million! Such a cool, compassionate and energetic human being. She will be missed, as she made a big impact wherever she went. My condolences to her family.
Sara Donovan
Friend
May 5, 2020
Mike & Alice,
Im so sorry to learn of your Moms death. Her obituary was lovely. What a woman. She just never stopped. I cant imagine your grief right now and I am praying for strength to help you through this.
Molly McMahon Schultz
May 5, 2020
I had the great Fortune of spending many days at the Pryor's as a young man. Judy was like a second mom to me. I learned so many lessons during those days, what it meant to be a guest, a friend and how to show up in life. You will be missed Judy. My deepest condolences to Mike, Alice and the entire family.
Jim Brady
Friend
May 5, 2020
The congregation of St. Frances Cabrini won't be the same without one of our most active and devoted angels. Judith will bring the same love and dedication to the Heavenly Hosts as she did to this earthly existence. We WILL miss you !
Rosemary Dosch
Friend
May 5, 2020
The world is definitely a bit less shiny without Judith; however, Im sure that she would tell me to use that as an excuse to shine even more so myself, and to encourage others to shine as well. Poland VIII and all of us will forever love you, Judith!
Mark Campbell
Friend
May 5, 2020
The world will be a little less joyful without Judith in it. But not for long as she would surely yell at me for mourning. What a blessing to have had her in my life. She had such a way of I looking at life and people with her eternal optimism and love. She was my friend, my mentor, my support in troubled times. I will miss you more than you imagine. I love you always! ❤❤
Barbara Prag
Friend
May 5, 2020
I met Judith when I became a Burner Really agent way back in the late 1980's. My sojourn was very short with Burnet, because I received an opportunity that established a career in new home construction sales for the rest if my career. Judith was one of those Burnet agents who reached out to me, and generously shared, not only her experience in the real estate industry, but shared herself with me. She was one of the most gratious, genuine, down to earth and and truthful people I had ever met. And I loved her dry sense of humor that pointed out the follies of life!! I'll never forgot her. Thank you, Judith!
Patricia Carlson
Acquaintance
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