WAUKESHA/ST. LOUIS, MO.

Judy Cahill Ganz


May 23, 1944 – January 24, 2013


A memorial service will be held this Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waukesha for former longtime Waukesha resident Judith Cahill Ganz. Judy passed away peacefully in St. Louis, Mo., earlier this year, surrounded by her beloved sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and siblings, as well as her darling dog Finnegan.

Judy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Ganz; parents, Warren and Ollie Cahill; and nephews, Joey Ramsak, Matt Molter, and Michael Sean Flood. Judy is survived by her sons, Bill Ganz (Becky), Tim Ganz (Kelly) and Chris Ganz (Sayaka) as well as grandchildren, Taylor, Peyton, Logan, Griffin, and Grace Ganz; and siblings, Terry Cahill (Barb), Patty Carity (Bill), Libby Molter (Don), Kathy Banaszak (Roger), Mike Cahill, Dennis Cahill (Ginny), and Kevin Cahill. Judy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, sisters-in-laws and cousins.

Judy grew up in Waukesha and attended St. Joseph Elementary School and later Catholic Memorial High School, where she was a varsity cheerleader, member of the prom court, and homecoming queen. Judy thoroughly enjoyed the 50th class reunion of the CMH class of 1962 just last summer. After high school, Judy attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, where she met her husband Bill Ganz, and later attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. After marriage, Judy moved with Bill to Mascoutah, Ill.;, Houston, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and later, St. Louis, Mo.

A highlight of Judy’s young adult life was attending the 1966 White House wedding of Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of then-President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bill Ganz was the college roommate and fraternity brother (Alpha Kappa Psi) of the groom and a member of the White House bridal party. Judy’s once-in-a-lifetime dance with the president of the United States remained a favorite memory, as did her second trip to the White House in 2005 for the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Judy was a devoted and loving mom who took great delight and pride in her three sons, Billy, Tim and Chris, and was always their biggest fan at football games throughout grade school, high school and college. Judy was known for her superb baking skills, especially her famous strawberry rhubarb pie and oatmeal cookies. Judy was also the quintessential “dog-person” and nurtured lifelong canine relationships with Muffin, Pepper and her final sweet companion, Finnegan. Yet Judy also managed to always find room for her sons’ reptile collections as well.

After the death of her husband, Bill, in 1994, Judy returned to Waukesha and started working in the real estate field in new construction/land development. She worked first for Carity Land Corp. and later, Chicago Title. When Judy later returned to St. Louis in 2004 to be closer to her growing brood of grandchildren, she joined McBride & Sons Builders, where she worked up to the time of her death.

Judy loved attending her grandchildren’s hockey games, gymnastic meets, baseball games, wrestling matches and music recitals. One of Judy’s most treasured memories in recent years was her 2011 trip to Italy with son Chris and daughter-in-law Sayaka where they toured and took in all the great masterpieces. Judy especially enjoyed her time at the Vatican.

Judy’s faith was an anchor to everything else in her life and she will be remembered as a woman of strong convictions. Like all members of the Cahill clan, Judy loved everything Irish and passed on that love of her Irish heritage.

Judy always regarded St. Joseph Church in Waukesha as her spiritual home.

Judy always enjoyed coming back to Waukesha and especially spending time at Buchner Park, where she loved watching her sons play tennis with their cousins at the Buchner tennis courts and enjoyed sunbathing at the Buchner pool with her sisters.

Judy will be remembered by those who knew her best for her strong sense of loyalty – and that extended to her rabid devotion to her beloved St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

Everyone who knew Judy also knew how delighted she must have been to be in the company of her longtime Cardinal hero, “Stan the Man” Musial who was laid to rest on the very day of Judy’s passing.

Family and friends of Judy Ganz are invited to her memorial service on Friday, July 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, which begins with Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by internment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery on East Broadway.

Irish wake to follow.