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Judith A. Garberick-Wallace
January 14, 1940 ~ October 15, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Judith (Judy)’s 84th trip around the Sun ended peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 15, 2023 after a 10-month long battle with pancreatic cancer. Judith Ann’s journey began January 14, 1940 as she was brought into this world by parents Henry (Hank) and Elsie Mucci in Ottawa, IL. She grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Marquette High School.
During her lifetime, Judy stayed active raising her two daughters and one son, working with her first husband Thayne Garberick (TK Garberick Inc), Riverpark Furniture, volunteering, church activities, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. She was an accomplished gardener and became a Master Gardener. Judy kept herself fit through exercise, yoga, and was a talented tennis player as well as trained to compete in the Sunburst running events. At age 68 she skydived over her hometown. She later became a certified master BBQ judge and traveled throughout the country to various BBQ events with her husband Tom.
Judy also loved to travel with those many trips and cruises taking her to all seven continents as well as 48 of the 50 United States (sorry North Dakota and Montana). Highlights of these adventures were trips to The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, penguins in Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and Denali.
Judy is survived by her husband Tom Wallace, daughters Diane (Ray) Ritchey, Linda (Matt) Krathwohl all of Granger as well as grandsons Tyler (Jen) Kohl and Noah Krathwohl, sister Sheila Singer-Brown in California, brother Mike (Joy) Mucci in Illinois, as well as several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, first husband Thayne, and son Steven.
Per Judy’s request there will be no funeral or memorial services held. The family would like to thank all the wonderful people at The Center for Hospice Care for their help and support and ask that donations in Judy’s name be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Condolences to the family may be left at www.kaniewski.com.