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Obituary for Judy Jambois


Judith A. "Judy" Jambois
 
Judith A. "Judy" Jambois, 68, of Genoa, Wis., passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 19, 2010, at her home.
She was born May 11, 1942, to Rudolph and Mildred (Housner) Wopat and lived on a rural farm in White City near Hillsboro, Wis.  Judy moved to La Crosse and attended St. Wenceslaus Elementary for 1st and 2nd grades.  She moved to rural Stoddard and lived on a farm while attending the next six grades at Hilltop Grade School.  At 15, she moved to Genoa and attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse, graduating in 1960.  Judy married Norm Jambois on June 15, 1960, and they moved to Milwaukee for the next two years.  She and her husband returned to Genoa in 1962.  They stayed busy raising their seven children and supporting the family business, Jambois Garage.  In 1989, Judy started a career in the U.S. Postal Service.  She retired as Postmaster of Dakota, Minn.   Along the way she worked in several other post offices: Genoa, Fountain City, West Salem, Stoddard, Chaseburg, De Soto, Coon Valley, Readstown, Holmen, and La Crosse.  Judy dearly loved meeting new people at these post offices and built lasting relationships with many.  Judy and Norm celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 2010.  She was a former president of the La Crosse chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life and was very passionate for the cause.  Judy served on the Board of Directors of the Vernon County Crime Stoppers and served as secretary for many years.  She taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa as her Catholic faith was very important in her life.  She loved gardening, community service, and traveling.  Judy's yellow rice and pies were unmatched.  Above all, she loved spending time with her husband and her family and was adored by her grandchildren. 
Judy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Norm; seven children and 18 grandchildren: daughter, Jane (Randy) Miller of Lake Elmo, Minn., and their children, Randy, Jeffrey, Jenny, Megan, and Emily, son, Norman Jr. (Jill) of St. Louis, Mo., and their children, Dorian, Sydney, Grant, Rylee, and Karsyn, daughter, Sally (Roger) Stearns of La Crosse, son, Ray (Kris) of Eagan, Minn., and their children, Kadi and Rachel, daughter, Amy (Dean) Wolfe of Los Angeles, Calif., and their children, Rainn and Ronin, daughter, Deanna (Dustin) Maloney of Apple Valley, Minn., and their children, Zach and Alexa Rae, and son, Luke (Tara) of La Crosse and their children, Luke and Ava Jane; her siblings, Pat (Jack) Roou, Jan (Jim) Hanesworth, Betty (Pat) Denison, and Dennis (Theresa) Wopat; her aunts, Marcella Darcy and Norma Stanek; three sisters-in-law, Iris Topp, Edith Jambois, and Rose Wopat; two brothers-in-law, Frank (Leora) Jambois and Bill Jambois; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marie Therese; her parents; one brother, Larry Wopat; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Virginia Jambois; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Jambois and Jack Topp; and one sister-in-law, Nancy Jambois.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 23, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, Genoa.  Father Robert Weighner will officiate.  Family burial will be held in the church cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse, on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m. and concluding with a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. and also at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Charles Parish or School, Genoa, or the Wisconsin Right to Life.  Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.