Judith E. Oakleaf
Dec. 19, 1941 –
Feb. 28, 2011
Judith E. Oakleaf, 69, passed to her eternal life
Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, surrounded by her loving husband and children.
She was born Dec. 19, 1941, to Vernon and Eleanor (nee Wiemuth) Hopp in Dundee, Ill. She spent most of her life in Elgin, Ill.
Judy had a passion for life and made the world a better place for all that
had the pleasure to know her. She enjoyed watching her children and
grandchildren in sports and activities through the years. She was an avid
Elvis and ABC soaps fan. She loved to dance. She married her beloved
husband, Ken Oakleaf, on Aug. 11, 1990, and made her new home in Waukesha.
She worked for Sentry Foods before retiring. She was a member of the
Waukesha Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spending time with family,
hosting family gatherings and trips to Cable Lake. As she struggled with
illness, she taught us that anyone can give up, but to hold it together
when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Oakleaf; her
children, Cynthia Alexander, Patrick (Joyce) Barnhart, Cari Kaemmerer and
Mike Kehl; and five stepchildren, Susan, Robert, Michael, Linda and David.
She was grandma to 18 grandchildren and nana to four great-grandchildren
and two more on the way. She was a devoted sister to Vernon (Donna) Hopp,
Gerald (Debra) Hopp, Ronald (Marilyn) Oakleaf and Carol Westland, and
cherished by her nephews and dear friends.
She joins in eternal life her parents; her children,
Robert Nesler, Gene Nesler Jr. and Terry Barnhart; brother, Richard Hopp;
and several others very dear to her heart.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday,
March 4, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at
highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. The
funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Christ the
Life Lutheran Church, 3031 Summit Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Eric Edwards
will officiate. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
National Foundation for Cancer Research.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is
serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com
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