Dorothy "Judy" (Bleyer) Strzelczyk, 90, of Mequon, was born to eternal life with her family at her side on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Horizon Hospice. She was born June 2, 1922, in Milwaukee to Lloyd G. and Hildagard (Krause) Bleyer.
She was married to her loving husband of 48 years, Robert E.
Strzelczyk. They were married on Aug. 31, 1956, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Milwaukee.
Judy graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College in 1944. During World War II, she joined the Armed Services as a civilian and received a diploma in occupational therapy from Hines Army Hospital in Chicago.
She served at a number of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, where she mastered the development and construction of hand splints.
Active in her profession, she held several supervisory work positions and served in leadership positions in the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, including president in 1953. In 1956, Judy published "Use and Construction of Splints," used as a teaching manual for occupational therapists in many colleges. In 1965, Judy and her husband, Robert, designed and built Hearthside Nursing Home.
She also was instrumental in Rehabilitation Associates Inc., a private-practice therapy business that provided services throughout Wisconsin.
In community affairs, she was a leader for the Girl Scouts, active in PTA work, and founded philanthropic "chairs" for therapy education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Lawrence University. Judy was an avid quilter. She was a member of St. James (now Lumen Christi) Catholic Church, participated in the choir for 17 years, along with a variety of church activities.
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her sister, Marion Bleyer Mueller.
Judy was blessed with five children, Robert R. Strzelczyk and his wife Mary Jo of Cedarburg; the late Judith Felcyn; Mary Braun and her husband Robert of Fort Atkinson; Edward Strzelczyk and his wife Carol of Glenbeulah; Elizabeth Kuhn and her husband William of Neillsville; grandchildren, Robert (Cindy) Strzelczyk, Elissa (John) Elsser, David (Andrea) Felcyn, Mark (Amy) Felcyn, Catherine Kampschroer, Nathan, Andrew, Benjamin and Rachel Braun, Shannon (Herman) Batteast and Sarah Strzelczyk, as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Judy’s funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville, where friends may call today from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 11300 St. James Lane, Mequon, with Holy Rosary at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts should be directed to the Strzelczyk Family Scholarship, Lawrence University (SPC 18), 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911; and the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center OT Department/wish list, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Mequon.