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September 6, 1956 - May 26, 2021

To celebrate the life of a wife, mother, teacher, coach and friend, a Celebration of Life will be held at Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to fund a memorial flower garden that will be created, in honor of Judy, to serve and inspire the entire community. For more information, please visit the family's CaringBridge website at Donations via check can be directed to Rick Smith (memo: "Judy Inspirational Garden"), 7202 Angling Road, Portage, Michigan 49024 or via cashless donation through Venmo (@Judy-Inspirational-Garden).

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I’m am so truly sorry to hear of the passing of Your dear Judy . Judy’s heart and passion for everything and everyone was so beautiful! I pray for all of her loved ones that you feel the embrace of our Lords compassion , strength and love ! With my love , Kelee Brogger Majester

Posted by Kelee Brogger Majester on June 10, 2021

So sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. I certainly owe my love of tennis to the MANY hours/years of coaching at Centre Court that she invested in me…I would have never made it as far on the Portage Central or at Hope without her support.

Posted by Marty Williams on June 2, 2021

So sorry for your loss coach, I remember going to your house after 2 a days was over with the team and spending the day at your house, your wife was a wonderful lady, god bless to you and the family

Posted by Jon Imus on May 31, 2021

Rick: My sincere sympathies. Judy was an amazing, thoughtful, loving person. She leaves a legacy and memories that I hope give you comfort.

Posted by Julie Stearns VanderNoot on May 27, 2021