Judy Lynn Bealko  71, passed away peacefully on February 18th, 2018 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan.She was born on October 25th, 1946 in Apollo, Pennsylvania to the late Harry and Lois Wood Kennerdell. She is preceded in death by her sister Nancy J. Beck. She is survived by her husband Dan Bealko, daughter Trudi Showalter (John), daughter Angie Bealko (Gary Huels), son Joe Bealko (Sarah), sister-in-law Donna Basta, brother-in-law Don Bealko (Carole), many nieces and nephews, and 10 “apples of her eye” grandchildren, including Austin, Gavin, Kayla, Christian, Zoe, Ashlynn, Owen, Julia, Jacob and Noah. Judy graduated from Apollo High School in 1964, where she loved cheerleading and was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 1968, specializing in Physical Education. Judy and Dan dated through college, and upon graduating decided to get married. They traveled to Dayton, Ohio for a small ceremony on December 21st, 1968.. Little did Judy and Dan know that years later they would return to the same area to raise their family. From graduation through starting a family in August 1973, Judy taught Physical Education classes in the Hudson and Stow, Ohio school districts. Daughters Trudi and Angie were born only 14 months apart in Stow, and Judy doted on them day and night. She loved being a mother and enjoyed dressing her girls as twins, conveniently ignoring the dark black and light blond hair differences between them. The family moved to Darien, Connecticut just before son Joseph was born in 1977. Judy spent countless hours reading to her children, taking the kids to the park, volunteering at their pre-school and celebrating their birthdays with elaborate homemade cakes. In 1980, her family relocated to Centerville, Ohio, where they lived until 1995. Judy enjoyed cheering for the kids while they competed in soccer, basketball, volleyball, hockey and gymnastics. She loved the Centerville Elks!! The 12 acres of farmland offered her and the kids plenty of space to care for dozens of cats and dogs over the years, as well as a garden full of popcorn to shuck. Sharing time around giant backyard bonfires as a family, and trying to teach the kids flips on the trampoline were some of her favorite past times. From 1995 through 2008, Judy and Dan lived in Clarkston, Michigan and enjoyed traveling the world, celebrating their children’s marriages, and spoiling their grandchildren. Judy was particularly fond of cruises, as she loved exploring new ports of call across Europe and Asia, and then returning to the ship to dress up for dinner, sample as many desserts as possible, sing to the show music and play the slot machines in the casino! For the last decade, Judy lived at Lockwood of Waterford. She loved living there, enjoyed many wonderful day trips, and spread cheer everywhere she went, earning the nickname “the Legend of Lockwood” from the management team. She always had a smile for everyone and told any new visitor how wonderful it was to live there. While Judy was able to enjoy many experiences as well as simple pleasures, she suffered from Bipolar Disorder for over 40 years. Despite her illness, her kindness for others was unwavering and she never forgot to send birthday, anniversary and holiday cards to nearly everyone she knew. To honor her, and to help others, Judy’s loved ones are asking friends and family to consider a donation to the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan in her name: A service honoring Judy will be held on Friday February 23rd, 2018 at 11 am at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church at 2675 John R Road in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A lunch will be served in the church gym immediately following the remembrance.

Funeral Service:

Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church, 2675 John R. Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan. A lunch will be served in the church gym immediately following the remembrance.

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