Judith Westrich

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Judith Ann Westrich, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at her home as she requested, surrounded by her loving family. Judy died after a long, courageous fight with breast cancer.

Judy was born Feb. 26, 1940, in St. Louis, to her loving parents, Otto and Leotta Macke. She met and married her beloved husband of 51 years, Andrew Westrich, in October 1955, in what is now Scott City, Mo.

Together they had three wonderful children who blessed them with seven grandchildren.

Judy volunteered her time at her children's school in St. Louis and became a phenomenal fund raiser. She began her business career in Springfield, Mo., at Montgomery Ward, where she made great contributions. She then worked in management at Famous-Barr, helping to open the store and train new employees. She then became customer service manager at Bass Pro Shops where she created many of the procedures and traditions they still have, including Breakfast with Santa.

Her accomplishments are far too numerous to list, but everywhere Judy went she not only made significant contributions to each company, but her greater joy came from the way she made a difference in the lives of others, teaching them not just the skills they needed for business, but more important the lessons of life, love of God and people.

Her time on this earth has made a tremendous difference in the lives of countless people. She won over everyone she met and was and will remain an inspiration to us all.

After retirement, Judy did not slow down. She worked for many charities and her beloved church, raising money for many causes. She spent many hours volunteering at Holy Trinity Catholic Church; she was a lector, eucharistic minister, CCW member and Bible study member.

She also conducted Mary's Way of the Cross, organized countless prayers and special prayers for the sick including the Chaplet of the Devine Mercy and breast cancer hat day; as well as organizing charity events.

Judy was also a member and participated in The Red Hat Society. In addition to all these activities, Judy planned and held a charity golf tournament each year with her golf organization that raised money for breast cancer research. She did this even while taking chemotherapy herself. This annual event will be continued in her honor.

Waiting for her in heaven are her beloved mother and father, Leotta and Otto Macke; brothers, Nelson and Gerald Macke; a sister, Wanda Macke; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Keeping her memory alive is her husband, Andrew Westrich of Springfield; her children, Christina Shannon and husband Skip of Ash Grove, Mo.; Mark Westrich and wife Kim of Springfield; Andrea Westrich-Blalock and husband Andy of Gilbert, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Courtney Van Noy, Storm Shannon, Megan Westrich, Andrew Westrich, Skyler Shannon, Andrew Blalock and Matthew Blalock.

She will also be honored in the hearts of additional family and friends in the Scott City and Cape Girardeau area; lifelong friends in St. Louis and Springfield; and her beloved church family at Holy Trinity.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2818 E. Bennett, Springfield. The rosary will be at 6:30.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, followed by burial in Resurrection Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family has started the Judy Westrich Foundation to carry on her work to raise money for breast cancer patients and research. Donations may be made to any Bank of America location, as well as to family members.