Judith Elaine “Judy” Laskowski

Judith Laskowski

STOUGHTON – Judith Elaine “Judy” Laskowski, age 83, of Stoughton, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital. In the late 90s, Judy won her fight against small cell carcinoma of the lung. Despite all the odds, she continued to live life joyfully for the many years that followed. In recent years she’s battled a number of serious medical issues, all the while showing courage and bravery to meet those challenges with grace and a smile.

Judy was born on July 30, 1938, in Milwaukee to William and Blanche (Hageman) Jaeger. She joined her sister, Jane, and made their family of four complete.

Judy married John Laskowski on Aug. 13, 1976. They spent more than 20 years together enjoying cooking, baking, eating the results and sharing with family and friends.

Judy has always been known for connecting with people and helping them as she could. She did this professionally in her work as an administrative assistant for the Eye Institute, and also in her free time. Judy was most recently a member of the Stoughton Baptist Church and previously the Assembly of God Church in Brookfield where she enjoyed providing member families with childcare. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Kiel, Wis., delivering not just food but companionship. In 2005, she took the trip of a lifetime to Israel with her sister and a church group.

Judy loved gardening (especially flowers), reading, baking (she even made Valentine’s cookies this year for her favorite nurse and neighbor children), playing dominos and joking around. Even on her last day on Earth, Judy was bringing a smile to Sandy and Joyce by doing a little twirl after watching Wheel of Fortune. Judy was thoughtful, kind and loved being around people. She made a positive lasting impression on everyone she met.

Judy has enjoyed spoiling her cats, Pumpkin and Paisley, over the years, turning a blind eye when they found the butter dish on the countertop or drank directly from the kitchen faucet. Paisley made the move with Judy from their quiet apartment in Stoughton to a more active, dog-filled, home to continue to provide companionship and love in Judy’s final months.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Sandy (Joyce Williams) Syring and Susan (Michael) Roberts; granddaughter, Danielle (Aaron) Reiner; great-grandchildren, Ewan and Xander Reiner; niece, Judy (Conrad) Gilsdorf; great-nieces, Amanda (Trevor) Ramseier and Dana (Jared) Marini; great-nephew, Christopher (Nicole) Gilsdorf and their children; step-daughter, Karen (Joe) Czappa and Linda (Bob) Perich; and step-grandchildren, Bill and Todd Anderson, and John and Troy Carriveau. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sister, Jane (Bill) Binet; and nephew, Wim van der Graaf.

Judy’s visitation will be held at STOUGHTON BAPTIST CHURCH, 125 County Road B, Stoughton, Wis., beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, and will be followed by a celebration of life service to begin at 6:30 p.m. Judy requested specifically that bright, cheerful colors be worn to this celebration. A graveside service will take place at WISCONSIN MEMORIAL PARK, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022. Please meet in the RED Parking Area.

Memorials may be gifted in Judy’s name to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

A special thank you to Agrace HospiceCare for their care and support, especially her nurse, Nimmer, who Judy called her Prince Charming. Also thank you to the SSM Health Heart Failure Clinic, specifically Paula, Sonja and Jessica. They provided exceptional care, support and compassion. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.