Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, August 12, 2017
St. Benedict Church
1011 Oak St.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Additional Obit Info
KLAUKE, JUDITH ANN (nee Marchand) 1949-2017. Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph's Hospice, Judy Klauke died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the age of 68, after a hard 6 year battle with Leukemia. Knowing from initial diagnosis that there was effectively no cure available, she conducted herself throughout the long ordeal with incredible courage, dignity and grace. Beloved wife and best friend for 45 years to Richard (Rick) Klauke. Loving mother of Chris Klauke, Regina, and Angela Klauke (Matt Vozza), Sarnia. Dear Oma of Kyla, Benjamin, Samantha, and Vincent. Cherished daughter of Mary Marchand, and the late Ray Marchand (1980), Wallaceburg; Dear sister of Neil (Sandra) Marchand, Dresden, Robert Marchand, Dresden, Michael Marchand, Chatham, Elaine (Rick) Dutton, Sarnia, and Sister-in-law of Sheila Klauke, Sarnia. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Judy was a farm girl born and raised near Dresden ON, and enrolled at St. Clair Regional School of Nursing in Sarnia in 1968. In 1969 she met Rick, an engineering student working in Sarnia, and a serious relationship soon developed. Both graduated in 1971 Judy as an RN, and Rick as a PEng. Judy the farm girl took a nursing job in Toronto, while Rick the city boy ended up in Fort McMurray. Go figure! The (now) long distance romance somehow survived and they married in Dresden in 1972. They resided in Fort McMurray for two years. Judy worked in the local hospital there, a real wild west experience! The two saved their nickels and dimes, and in 1974 BC (before children), did a 6 month hippie tour of Europe in a beat-up VW camper. Loch Ness to Istanbul and a lot in between. They returned with a multitude of wonderful memories and crazy experiences, and then settled in Sarnia. Judy first worked here at St. Joseph's Hospital for 10 years, during which time she and Rick were blessed with two beautiful children, Chris (1978) and Angela (1981). Judy also earned her BSc(Nursing) from the University of Windsor in 1985. She started working at Lambton Health Unit as a Public Health nurse and continued there for 26 years until retirement in 2011. Judy's passion was her family. Her pride and joy were her two children. She nurtured and guided them wisely and stood up for them through all of the trials, successes and failures of youth as they grew to be fine young adults. Following over the years, she was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren. She adored them all. Visits, dinners, sleepovers, bedtime stories and outings abounded and a deep loving bond was formed with each of them. Judy was a spiritual woman who lived her life continually caring about and giving to others. She absolutely disliked conflict and always did all she could to maintain harmony amongst those around her. She read voraciously about spirituality and the human condition, and all that that encompasses, especially the greatest mystery, death and dying. She always had a great sense of (usually) dry humour. Oh, how she loved to laugh. This combination of interest and personality led her to quip when talking about life and death, that "NOBODY gets out alive!!" Judy enjoyed a life well-lived, but it was cut far too short. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Sincere thanks and appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, VHA, and St. Joseph's Hospice. Special regards to: Sherri and Dr. Crombeen, (Judy's palliative care physician for several months), St. Joseph's Hospice, and Christine Kohn, VHA. Care provided for Judy by all three of these services was universally excellent, professional, respectful and compassionate. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11 from 4 to 7 pm at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave. at Lansdowne Ave. N, on Saturday, August 12 at 11 am. Cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Operation Smile (www.operationsmile.ca/canada) (Not well-known but a favourite of Judy's) or St. Joseph's Hospice, 475 Christina St., N. Sarnia N7T 5W3. Messages of condolences and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com
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Peggy Link posted a condolence
Sunday, August 20, 2017Rick, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May you have many wonderful memories of Judy to keep close to your heart to reminisce, laugh and cry. Peggy(ex Suncor)
Bev and Gary Spencer posted a condolence
Friday, August 11, 2017Rick: Please know that we are sending our sincere sympathies to you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Bev and Gary (Pepsie) Spencer
KH and Anne Wong posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017Rick and family, Judy will be dearly missed. We are so sorry to hear of her passing. We are up north and cannot be with you. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Annette Dark posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017Rick and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult journey. Cherish the memories and speak of them often.
Jane Dolinsek lit a candle
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Janice McVey posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I did not know her well but her obituary is so beautifully written, that it certainly makes you feel as if you have missed out on knowing a truly special woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Rick and your family. Janice (Tobin) McVey
Gail White posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017Sorry to hear of your loss, Rick and family. Thinking of you and praying for comfort in the times to come.
Kathryn Brown lit a candle
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Brian & Marie Johnson posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017Dear Bob & family. Sisters are a special gift! Allow your wonderful memories of your sister to help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Brian & Marie
Cheryl Reid urquhart posted a condolence
Thursday, August 10, 2017Christopher and Angela I am so sorry to read this post about the loss of your mother. I wish you cherished memories of her always. May Judith rest and peace and fly high with the angels in heaven. May she always watch over you both and your families. Sending you strength, hugz and love to get through this very difficult time. Love and sincere condolences Cheryl. xxoo
Mike Marchand lit a candle
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Cathy and Al Dezort posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 9, 2017So sorry for your loss Rick - Cathy and I are thinking of you. We fly to Saskatchewan tomorrow and will not be able to be with you.
Glenda & Archie Kerr posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 9, 2017Knowing Judy was our great privilege, and our hearts are deeply saddened with her loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially those who knew her as their loving Oma. Judy was truly loved here on earth and her spirit lives on with Jesus and in the lessons she taught her grandchildren. Condolences and love: Archie & Glenda
Leo Klauke posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 9, 2017Our thoughts and deepest sorrow for you Rick and family. You are in our prayers always.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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431 N. Christina St.
Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5V8