Judith "Judy" Richter
1932 - 2021
Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services
521 E. Main Street
Niles, MI
Judith "Judy" Richter
Niles - Judith Kellogg Richter, 89, of Niles, passed away at Hanson Hospice Center on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
Judy was born in Lansing, Michigan, during a snowstorm, to Winifred Johnson and Norman P. Kellogg. She grew up in Cassopolis and graduated from Cassopolis High School in 1950 as salutatorian. She attended Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Andrew's University.
In September of 1953, she married Richard H. Richter in Cassopolis. While Richard served in the Air Force in Madison, Wisconsin, their daughter, Jennifer was born. After discharge from the service, they moved to Cassopolis where, Steven, Timothy, and David were born.
They raised their family in Niles where Judy was a stay-at-home Mom, school librarian, and subsequently a school secretary retiring in 1988.
Judy was a skilled quilter, bridge player, lover of classical music, gardener, amazing cook and baker, 57 year member of First Presbyterian Church, great neighbor, and wonderful mother and wife. She loved traveling and did so to almost every state of the union, South America, Canada, and Europe; she spent winters in Alabama in her retirement years. Above all, her greatest joy was family.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Richard; children, Jennifer (Pat), Steven, Timothy, and David (Sharon); grandchildren, Emily (Ryan), Colleen (Kelsey), Alexis (Michael), Will, Lauren (Hannah), and Julia; great-grandchildren, Mason, Drew, Grant and Lincoln; brother, Thomas; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Sheila; brothers, Norman, Freeborn, and Schulyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation of The First Presbyterian Church of Niles or Caring Circle Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences, photos, and memories may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Niles.
Published by South Bend Tribune from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2021.
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I wondered why the mail brought a letter from Judy Richter before I had replied to hers. Then I knew. Judy had passed away. I cried but then I thought about all the reasons I loved this friend. She and Dick were both my friends and spent a couple days of their precious vacation with me one year when I was in AZ and I stayed with them for two nights on my last MI visit six years ago. When on rare occasions I was in MI, Judy and I shared lunch in a close-by restaurant and then headed for Warren Dunes State Park where we wandered Lake Michigan´s shoreline or found a shady place to laugh and cry and laugh again, a girl´s visit to the sand and water. I will miss you, Judy. Hugs to Dick.
Sharlene Minshall
July 13, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Judy was a wonderful and caring person - I will miss her smile and wonderful hospitality.
Brian Bartusch
June 24, 2021
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