Judy K. Nielson, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away peacefully Monday, April 4, 2016 with family present at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton while under the care of Avera @ Home Hospice.
Visitation for Judy will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, April 8, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Following the visitation, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, April 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Karl Watkins officiating. Burial will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.
Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.
Judy was born September 8, 1943 in Yankton, South Dakota to Frank and Julia (Marten) Rempp, the 11th of 12 kids. She grew up on the family farm north of Yankton and attended rural school until her family moved into town in the 6th grade and she began attending Yankton Public Schools, graduating high school in 1961. While in high school, she worked at the Yankton Theater. On July 27, 1963, Judy married Paul Nielson at the First United Methodist Church in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived in Yankton and Judy worked at Gurney Seed and Nursery for several years. In 1977, Judy began her long career with American State Bank which later became First Dakota National Bank, retiring in 2008. She cherished all the friendships formed with co-workers throughout those years and maintained those friendships after retirement. Judy loved taking care of her family and, in the later years, also spending time with her grandkids. Her joy, laughter, home cooked meals and chocolate chip pie will be greatly missed at family gatherings.
Judy was a huge fan and proud supporter of the Yankton Bucks and Gazelles and the Mount Marty Lancers. Judy and Paul were always there cheering on the teams, supporting their children, grandchildren and other students, often traveling across South Dakota to attend high school state tournaments long after their kids had graduated. Judy enjoyed bowling and was in leagues for many years. Her teams bowled in the State tournament nearly every year and in several national tournaments over the years. She also enjoyed playing games, especially Dominos, with her children and grandchildren. Judy rarely missed an episode of The Price Is Right, Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. In her retirement years, Judy and Paul loved to travel and went on many trips. Two of her favorite trips were the Alaskan and Hawaiian cruises. Judy was a sweet, kind hearted person who loved the Lord and was a faithful member of her church.
Judy is survived by her husband, Paul Nielson of Yankton; three children: Jodi (Brad) Windfeldt of St. Cloud, MN, Jill (Todd) Sage of Yankton and Jeff (Coni) Nielson of Aurora, IL; seven grandchildren: Dylan Orthaus, Ross and Lauren Windfeldt, Megan (Nick) Kirchner, Zachary Sage, Seth and Lila Nielson; seven brothers and sisters: Darlene Barta of Sioux City, IA, Frank (Arlene) Rempp of El Cajon, CA, Betty Huber of Yankton, Bob (Sharon) Rempp of Paradise Valley, AZ, Larry Rempp of Las Vegas, NV, Ron (Bette) Rempp of Henderson, NV and Wilma (Jim) Stoltz of Fort Mill, SC; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harvey and Merle Rempp; and two sisters, Ruth Jarett and Pat Slowey.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Paul and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Lorraine Moriarty
May our Lord lift your family in spirit and strength. ~Be Blessed~
Sherry Daugherty and Darwin Koerner
I'm so sorry to hear how quickly Judy left her earthly home. So glad I got to visit with her a few weeks ago -- she was the same Judy I have known to love. We had some good laughs and she was in good spirits, didn't even seem like she was sick! I'm so thankful she did not suffer and went so peacefully to her heavenly home. I'm sure my Mom was shocked to see her there but also glad!! May the great memories and the close family bond you all have bring you peace and comfort in the minutes, hours, days, months, years to come.
Denise DeLozier Telthoester
We are so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. Your family has been such good neighbors to my parents and they enjoyed you both very much. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for your family.
Kate Boyles Erickson
My prayers for peace are with you and your family. Philippians 4:7.
My prayers are with all of you with the passing of Aunt Judy. I will always remember her smile, laughter, home cooked food and love of basketball. I loved spending time with her, Paul and my cousins growing up. Special memories that I will always cherish. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Debbie Stoltz Harding
Dearest family of Judy, We are so very sorry that she has left you at such a young age. I am certain that she has made many memories for all of you. Our prayers are with the whole family.
Don & Helen Simpson
Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you.
Loran & Kathy (DeLozier) Tramp
I was so sorry to hear that Judy had died. I always enjoyed our visits and missed seeing her when Mom moved out of the neighborhood. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Kids,
My deepest sympathies in your loss of Judy. She was one of a kind-so kind and sincere. I will always remember working with her at the bank and the friendship we had. May all your wonderful memories sustain you during this difficult time-but know that she is at peace.
Ruth (Drotzmann) Wylie
My deepest sympathy goes with all the family. I will always remember Judy's beautiful, happy smile. God Bless You.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Judy. Her pleasant smile and personality always made everyone around her feel better. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Chuck and Karla Iverson
So sad to hear of Judy's passing. Such a lovely, spirited lady. She was always a friendly, smiling, fun person to bowl with or against. I will truly miss her bright smile! She can bowl with the angels now!
What a special lady Judy was. We never saw her when she wasn't happy. What a Gazelle fan. Paul and Judy never missed a sporting event. After Paula was injured they were still her biggest fans. That will always be remembered Our prayers are with Paul and your family.
Audrey and Irvin Sterner
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