Judith Bernice Erickson Blank

Birth:Saturday, November 6, 1915
Douglas Co, Wisconsin
Death:Thursday, July 31, 2014
Calhoun Co, Michigan
Obit:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Calhoun Co, Michigan

Judith Bernice Blank, 98 of Marshall died July 31, 2014 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek. She was born in Superior, Wisconsin on November 6, 1915 to Christine and Erik Erickson. She is survived by her two nieces, Carol Carey (Madison, WI) and Janis Brose (Rockville, MD), many grand/great nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends whose lives she touched. She was predeceased by her husband, Thord, her parents, and six siblings.

Judy graduated from Superior Central High School and soon after marrying Thord relocated to Detroit, MI where job opportunities were more plentiful. She spent the war years working at Ford Motor Company while Thord was serving abroad in the Army in World War II. After Thord returned from overseas, they remained in the Detroit area and Judy continued to hone her skills and spent the majority of her career at Ford Motor. She began her time at Ford Motor in a secretarial pool, eventually working her way up to becoming Robert MacNamara's secretary when he was President of Ford Motor, prior to his joining the John F. Kennedy Administration as the eighth Secretary of Defense. While at Ford Motor Judy received many certificates of recognition and appreciation, along with several awards.

Judy and Thord retired to Marshall, MI, where she was very active in Trinity Episcopal Church programs, including singing in the choir, serving on the Vestry, and also serving as Senior Warden. After several years in Marshall, they moved to Mesa, AZ, where the weather was less harsh and they had many wonderful years in a beautiful gated community where they both enjoyed the opportunity for outdoor activities, including pool time, sightseeing excursions and hosting family and friends from all over the U.S. In addition to becoming a very adept artisan crafting lovely ceramic sculptures and figurines, Judy, also, for many years, wrote a monthly column for the Fountain of the Sun newsletter detailing news and events. Judy played the piano and the organ, and was a particular fan of Duke Ellington. When Judy's beloved husband, Thord, passed away in 1998 after 59 years of marriage, the tug to return home to Michigan became so strong that she went back and settled in Marshall.

Two years ago Judy became a resident of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility where she was a very popular addition and made many new friends while continuing to keep up with her family and old friends and neighbors. She remained there for the rest of her life. A memorial service will take place at 3pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 101 East Mansion Street, Marshall with The Rev. Anne Schnaare officiating. Interment will follow service at the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Garden. Memorial Contributions are requested to Trinity Episcopal Church or to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Assistance with memorials is available at the Craig Kempf Family Funeral Homes, Marshall Chapel 723 US 27 North Marshall.

It is with great appreciation that Judy's family thanks her Trinity Episcopal Church family and other dear friends who stayed in touch, and sustained her as her health declined. You kept her spirits up, her wry wit alive, and kept her connected to what was going on in the world. For that and more, we are very grateful. We mourn her passing but celebrate a life well-lived, with compassion, faith, humor, dignity, and love.

Source: Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Inc.

Judith Bernice (Erickson) Blank

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