WAUKESHA/ST. LOUIS, MO.
Judy Cahill Ganz
May 23, 1944 – January 24, 2013
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
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,
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
Judy always regarded St. Joseph Church in Waukesha as her spiritual
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
Irish wake to follow.