Judith Dykstra

Date of Death: Feb 06, 2021
Judith Dykstra

1943 - 2021

Judith “Judy” L. Dykstra of Waupun, WI, passed away Saturday, Feb 6, 2021 at her home. She was born to John and Dena (Sikkema) DeWeerdt on September 6, 1943 in Clinton, IA. Raised in Fulton, IL, she was the youngest daughter of 17 children. She married Wesley Dykstra on May 29, 1963. They moved to Waupun, WI, in 1966 where they raised their six children. In 1986, Judy was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she had only three weeks to live. With determination and the support of family, friends, faith, and community, she turned those 3 weeks into 35 years. She used that time to spread love, friendship, and laughter to all those who came into her life. Judy’s grandchildren brought her tremendous joy-her favorite people called her, “Grandma.”

Judy is survived by: her children, Natalie Vande Zande, Shelly (Lenny) Moore, Randall (Lori) Dykstra, Charles (Patricia) Dykstra, Collin (Mary) Dykstra, and Carrie (Lisa DeSimone) Dykstra; her grandchildren, Sydney, Henry, and Alyssa Moore, Samantha, Ryan (Elizabeth Redmond), and Ella Dykstra, Abigail and Katherine Dykstra, and Wesley and Jacob Dykstra; and her siblings, Arlene Dykema, Robert (Carol) DeWeerdt, Leon (Elsie) DeWeerdt, Gene (Diane) DeWeerdt, and Larry DeWeerdt.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, John and Dena DeWeerdt, and her siblings, Marvin DeWeerdt, Eunice Norman, Lois DeWeerdt, Arnold DeWeerdt, Vernon DeWeerdt, Russell DeWeerdt, Betty Merema, Beverly Bonneur, Irma Swanson, Arthur DeWeerdt, and James DeWeerdt.

The family would like to thank Judy’s care team and extended family at Waupun Regional Dialysis Center for the years of treatment and support they provided. The family also extends gratitude to Marquardt Hospice Services for enabling Judy to spend her final days at home among her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Judy’s name to be directed to Waupun Regional Dialysis Center.

Graveside Service

A graveside service, to take place in Fulton, IL, is being planned for a future date.

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  1. Stephanie Bonack Says: February 9, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss

  2. pam streekstra Says: February 10, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Randy and family,

    I am sorry for the loss of your mother Judy. She was such a great person who shared a smile with me whenever she was around. I pray for the blessing of peace and comfort for you all as you deal with the tragedy of losing your precious, much loved mother.

  3. We send our sympathy. A truly beautiful woman full of charity and grace.

  4. Ronda Venable Says: February 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

    My heart is heavy for all of you during this sad time. Judy was the sweetest and I loved her, too (she was my favorite aunt!) I loved our lunches together; visiting different restaurants (she always wanted a good burger, so some lunches were at taverns ??) and my dad would have to get involved and send money to pay for our lunch, hahaha!
    The recommendation for donations to the dialysis center is lovely, I will do that instead of flowers. I went with Judy to one of her treatments and had great admiration for her for the patience and commitment involved to do that three times a week, every week, year after year…. wow, I can’t imagine having to do that! Sending virtual hugs and constant prayers to all of you, dear cousins !!

  5. Darlene Hull Brown Says: February 10, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Sorry for the families loss. It has been a long time since we lived on Walker St. I loved seeing Judy out and about and enjoyed catching up with her. Sending prayers to the family.

  6. So sorry for your loss,
    Lisa Rens

  7. My heart breaks for all of you! Shelly spoke of her mother on a daily basis. I felt like a knew her, though we never met. Hold each other tight thru these tough days…she’s certainly in gods heaven now!!! For she will be looking down and smiling at all of you!!?

  8. Nancy L Vanderkin Says: February 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss sending many hugs, prayers and much love. Your mom was a great lady always smiling! Enjoyed having Ice Cream with her.

  9. Brenda gerrits Marshall Says: February 10, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Sympathy to your family. Worked with your Mom on the Hockey Board years ago. A sweet hardworking person.

  10. James Mulder Says: February 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  11. Mary Scull Says: February 10, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. Whenever I was around her she brought a smile to everyone. May she test in peace,

  12. The Petersen Family Says: February 10, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Carrie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special lady, always a smile and kind word. She loved you all very much and she will be missed. Sending hugs and prayers to you all.

  13. Judy was an amazing lady. She was a rock to me when I was diagnosed. Always willing to listen. My deepest condolences to her family.

  14. Cal and Anita Hartgerink Says: February 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    So sorry for your loss! Hugs to all of you! Judy was a loving caring Mom and a great neighbor!

  15. Mary Southard Says: February 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Our sincere sympathy. I remember well the 1986 diagnosis. Carrie, Kim says your Mom put up with a lot of very loud sleepovers! She was so patient. I enjoyed connecting with Judy again at dialysis. Even then she was an inspiration to others. She told some of the the patients, “If that 97 year old man (my Dad) can do this, so can we.” Her eyes shone when she talked about her children and grandchildren. She will be missed.

  16. Jackie Kramer Says: February 12, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Love to your whole family Watched the picture tribute to Aunt Judy Noted she had a smile on her face in every picture! That was Aunt Judy- smiling and upbeat even if was a tough time Love you all bunches Miss Aunt Judy! As I said to Randy- reminds me most of my mom and certainly had Grandma D’s wit!

  17. Wayne Jahns Says: February 13, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    My sincere sympathy to all the family, esp. Natalie, Shelly & Lenny and Randy. I am sure you will miss your mom a lot. She was a really good person.

  18. Fred and Vicki Ritzema Says: February 16, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family! Judy was such a loving special person and always a smile on her face. She was such a caring person and always there when you needed her. She will be missed by so many! Our hearts go out to the family!

  19. Kristine Schoening Says: March 19, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I recall Judy and her family living as our neighbors near State St in Waupun. My Mom ( Judy Brechlin) always spoke so highly of her.
    Our sympathies to your family.
    Kristine (Brechlin) Schoening and Kim (Brechlin) Sabel

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