Judith “Judy” I. O’Malley
Judith (Judy) I. O’Malley, 82, died May 6, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas where she had been a snowbird for over twenty years. She was born May 21, 1938 to Walter and Irene (Marlton) O’Malley in Superior, Wisconsin.
Judy graduated from Superior Cathedral High School in 1955 and continued to connect with her classmates by helping to organize annual class reunions, and joining them every other week in the summer for “Tavern Tuesday”. Following high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior, before being hired at Superior Water, Light & Power Co., retiring from there after 38 years of service. She belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and had the privilege of being elected the first female president of the Electrical Workers Local 31. Being involved in politics, Judy was very proud of the fact that she was invited to and attended John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. in 1960. Judy was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the American Legion.
During her retirement years, Judy took many fun trips to Las Vegas with friends, visited local casinos, and was even known to teach the youngest members of the family how to play Blackjack using pretzels and M&Ms as chips. Although she never had children of her own, she held a special place in her heart for all of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and by the grace of God, even their children!
If you knew Judy, you would know that she had the innate talent of being able to find out someone’s entire life history within the first five minutes of meeting her. Her job and natural sociability provided her with the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life; once she liked you, it never mattered where you were from or what you did. She always did her part to keep the local economy going, from the Dollar stores to the grocery stores. She liked nothing better than a good sale! While in Texas, Judy took pleasure in traveling over the border to Mexico for shopping fun, dollar margaritas and lonches (Mexican sandwiches)!
Judy shared most of her adult life with Bruce Carry, who passed away in 2007. They enjoyed many years together at their cabins in the Minong, Wisconsin area before making the move to spend winters in Texas.
Being very family oriented, Judy was loved and cared for by her two sisters, Margaret (Peggy) Zimski and Mary (Joy) Molter, who, along with their parents, preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her brothers-in-law, Donald Zimski and Fred Molter, nephew, Charles Molter, niece, Patricia (Molter) Swaab, nephew, Terrence Molter, and many close friends.
Judy is survived by nieces and nephews, Mary (Andy) Christon, Kathleen (Brent Petit) Zimski, Michael Molter, John (Carol) Zimski, Patrick (Merry) Zimski, James (Laura) Molter, Mary Hunter, many great-nieces, great-nephews, and their children, along with friends, near and far.
Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Superior. Reverend Father William Fider will be the celebrant. Due to COVID restrictions, masks will be required inside the church.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Superior.
Judy always enjoyed yellow roses. So please, if ordering flowers, include a yellow rose or two.
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