Judith Lee Schoder

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Judith Lee Schoder, age 63, at rest September 2, 2018 at Maple Glen Memory Care in Glen Ellyn, IL. Born December 21, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John and Elizabeth Schoder.  Beloved wife of the late Robert Gillis; loving sister of Jane (Mike) McBride, Tom, Mark (Debbie), Joyce, and Don (Kelly) Schoder, Jeanette (Tammy) Trestrail, Joanne (Roger) Deardoff and Jacquie Schoder; devoted aunt of Christopher, Jonathan, Jessica, Rebecca and Carmen. Judy loved outdoor activities and living in Olympia, Wa. She was an avid tennis player who played competitively in several womens’ leagues in addition to playing regularly with friends and family. She enjoyed the arts and liked to sew and weave. She participated in Girls Night out. Judy served her community in the State Health Department after earning her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville, IL. Memorials may be made in Judy’s name to The Association of for Frontotemporal Degeneration (www.theaftd.org) Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com

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  1. Jeanette Trestrail

    My sister Judy went to heaven to walk in the sunshine with her warm-hearted husband Bob Gillis and our loving parents. She was a strong feminist and naturalist before it was cool and loved an artist who grew sprouts for a living. Together they spent many years in Olympia, Washington playing tennis, gardening and hiking. Judy was a RN, MN and was a public servant, first as a public health nurse in Ithaca, NY and then leading the pregnancy prevention efforts in Washington State.

    She was easily one of Bruce Springsteen’s most admiring fans, so I’ll share his lyrics in her memory.

    One, two, three, four
    The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
    Everybody’s out on the run tonight
    But there’s no place left to hide
    Together Wendy we can live with the sadness
    I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul
    H-Oh, Someday girl I don’t know when
    We’re gonna get to that place
    Where we really wanna go
    And we’ll walk in the sun
    But till then tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run
    Oh honey, tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run
    Come on with me, tramps like us
    Baby we were born to run
    Songwriter: Bruce Springsteen

    Godspeed Jude

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