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Obituary for Judith Ellen Brees

Judith “Judy” (Scieszinski) Brees, age 77, went to be with our Lord on March 23, 2018 in Westminster, California. She died peacefully at home surrounded by those she loved under the compassionate care of Orange County Hospice. Judy was born on August 29, 1940 in Melrose, Iowa to Paul R. and Mary E.(Lahart) Scieszinski. After graduating from Melrose High School in 1958, she completed her training with the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Ottumwa, Iowa, she launched a distinguished lifetime career as a registered nurse. She started that career at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa where she rose to become the head nurse on Younker Five when it was the orthopedic floor. After her marriage to David Brees on December 27, 1969, she was hired to be the Director of Nurses for Garden Grove Convalescent Hospital in Garden Grove, California. Shortly after moving to her current address in Westminster, California in 1974, she joined the staff at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital where she remained working primarily in nursing administration until her retirement in 2004. During her nearly three decades with the Veterans Administration, she was repeatedly cited for her outstanding contributions to health care for veterans including a comprehensive study to prevent falls that was implemented throughout the entire V A health care system. Judy was recognized for exemplary service with a special commendation from Max Clelland who was the head of the entire V A Health Care System at that time. While working at the V A, she attended night and week end classes to complete her B S N degree from the University of Phoenix.Judy tried very hard to maintain a healthy balance in her life including her spiritual life. Until her health failed, Judy never missed Sunday mass. She was a faithful member of St. Barbara’s Church in Westminster where she served for many years as a Eucharistic Minister. For over four decades she was an active member of the Moose Lodge and the California Association of Nurses. She was also a much valued auxiliary participant in the Newport-Mesa Federation of Retired Teachers Local 1794 and Division 77 of the California Retired TeachersShe is survived by her husband, David (Dave) Brees of Westminster, California, her brother, Larry (Donna) Scieszinski of Albia, Iowa, sisters-in-law, Beverly Summers, Kaye Betz of Albia, and Kay Brees of Ottumwa. Nieces, Becky (Jim) Belzer of Albia, Mary Ellen (Jeff) Stuchel of Ottumwa , Jenna (Jamie) Stotlze of Sargent Bluff, Iowa, Kim (Brad) Timberlake, Shellie (Kurt) Stevens, Tara (Matt) Bresch ,Debbie (Ed) Cummings all of Ottumwa, Lori (See Yeng) Quek of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Cindy (Chad) Hines of Knoxville, Murenda Meinders of Albia and nephews, Paul (Jackie) Scieszinski of Des Moines,Iowa, Hugh (Michelle) Scieszinski of Mount Vernon,Iowa, Mark (Tracy) Scieszinski of Cedar Rapids, Dean (Bridget) Scieszinski of Des Moines, Kelley (Stef) Brees of Sargent Bluff, Jason (Scarlett) Summers of Albia, Lance (Heather) Summers of Burlington, Jimmie ( Sara) Summers of New Sharon, and a an aunt, Lucile Lahart of Albia and numerous grand nieces and nephews who were the joy and pride of her life, as well as many cousins.Judy was preceded in death by her father and mother, her father and mother in law, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and a multitude of friends. Our Christian faith reminds us that there has been a great reunion in heaven as Judy has been reunited with those dear ones who have made the transition to eternity before her. Her family has faith that Judy has become our new guardian angel who will always be there to offer protection and guidance and to welcome each of us when God calls us home.A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Father Mark Yates Officiating. Inurnment will follow services in Mt. Calvary Cemetery followed by a luncheon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 1-7 p.m. with Judy’s family present. A Rosary will be conducted by St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary Society at 4:00 p.m., and a Christian Wake Service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. Online Condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements are entrusted with Sinnott Funeral Homes.

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