Judeane Marie Savoie
July 14, 1947 - December 8, 2019
Judeane Marie Savoie (72), of Coon Rapids, entered eternal life on the anniversary of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th).
Judeane (Judy) Marie was born in Mankato, MN, the 6th of 7 children (5 brothers, 1 sister) of Edmond & Leone Savoie. Most of her childhood was spent in Richfield, MN, where she attended St. Richard’s Catholic Grade School, before transferring to Sheridan Elementary (here she met her best friend for life, Karen Luettinger) in 5th Grade. Judy would celebrate her birthday with her best friend (‘sister’) Karen every year for 70 years in the Old Town Resort Camp, Clitherall Lake, MN. Judy graduated from Richfield High School in 1965.
With seven children in the family, there was always plenty of work to do. Judy and her sister Marilyn did the house cleaning, cooking, ironing, and yard work. Since her father was a manger for Wear-Ever Aluminum, they would often have business meetings at the house, which included food that the gals would cook themselves – no catering in those days. In the summers, Judy worked at the Old Town Resort Camp at Clitherall Lake, MN doing various duties, or whatever was needed.
After high school Judy attended the Minnesota School of Business where she completed her Key Punch Degree. Judy was first employed at International Milling as a Key Punch Operator and later at Holiday Inn as a Desk Clerk Manager. Her last employment was at the Church of the Epiphany, where for 16 years she was Fr. Bernard Reiser’s admin-assistant, before going on disability in 1996.
Judy truly loved her Catholic faith, Our Lord and Mother Mary. She was always present for the rosary and Saturday evening Mass, as well as rosary and daily Mass, whenever possible. During the summer months, Judy would often honor Our Blessed Mother’s statue with flowers from her garden.
Judy’s main hobbies were: lovingly baking everybody’s favorite cookies, as well as a passion for gardening and canning (homemade jellies), crocheting dish towels and afghans, and diamond painting. As many of you experienced, Judy was big-hearted. You could always count on her for help and she supported everyone unconditionally. If you had a bad cold or a recent surgery, she would be the first one at your door with a quart of her famous chicken noodle soup and fixings. And remember Christmas when all her friends and relatives got those silly socks! She was an amazing gal.
On Sunday evening, November 3rd, God answered Judy’s prayers in a most surprising way, when in the midst of her serious health issues and frequent hospital stays, Archbishop (Bernard Hebda) showed up after our “Encounter Prayer” event to console her and give her Holy Communion.
Judy’s many and varied health issues started with back problems, and progressed to leg and knee issues. Three years ago she broke her hip, but that didn’t stop her. She purchased a motorized scooter, and a van with her very own license plate ‘jujubee’ so she could get herself around town.
As Judy advanced in years, the physical signs of her pain and suffering became even more frequent and complicated, and when she could no longer drive herself, friends, such as Roger Brady would often take her in her van to church, or to doctor’s appointments, or shopping. Though in September, Judy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer, she continued to press-on (determined to finish her chemo and radiation), in the hope that she would experience greater physical healing.
Alas, this was not to be God’s will, as Judy spent her final weeks and days preparing to meet her Lord and Savior whom she loved and fought the good fight to draw closer to each day.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Leone; siblings, Gordon, DuWayne, Eldon and Layne Savoie. She is survived by her siblings, Marilyn (Russell) Adams, Dean (Cheryl) Savoie; and best friend of 62 years, Karen Luettinger; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Judy was a devout Catholic, who loved Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother, and serving others. She also greatly loved her family, friends and parishioners of Epiphany and St. Patrick’s, especially those who over the years befriended her and helped her to carry her many crosses.
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch will be served in the Social Hall following Mass.
Following luncheon, interment at Epiphany Cemetery (Coon Rapids, MN).
O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.