Mary  Judge

Mary Virginia Judge

July 29, 1934 - May 26, 2020
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Mary “Virginia” Judge, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Lucas County Health Center in Chariton. She was born on July 29, 1934 at the Conway family farm in Melrose to Francis and Mary (Conway) Sullivan.

Virginia married Bill “Chris” Judge on November 10, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. To this union seven children were born Terry, Tim, Tony, Danny, John, Jan and Steve.

She was a housewife for most of her life, but also worked at Look magazine briefly before she married. After Chris retired, they lived in Phoenix, Arizona for eight years where she worked at Goldwater’s department store. Her favorite activities were crossword puzzles, talking on the phone and watching CNN politics. She was known for her great pies and her feisty attitude.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 68 years, Bill “Chris” of Melrose; her children Terry (Jackie) of Plano, Tim Judge, Tony (Dana) Judge, Danny (Christie) Judge all of Melrose, John (Jody) Judge of Ankeny, Jan (Mark) Romanco of Des Moines, Steve (Amber) of Ankeny; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren; brother, James Sullivan of Ankeny, sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Sullivan of Ankeny and Nancy Judge of Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Mary Sullivan, two brothers, Johnny Sullivan, Tony Sullivan, and two brothers-in-law, Bob Judge and Chris Judge, and grandson Matthew Judge.

A private family Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Father Timothy Armbruster C.PP.S. officiating. According to the rules put in place by the Iowa Department of Public Health, proper social distancing and reasonable personal protective equipment is advised for attending a religious public event.  Mask will be required to attend services. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Online Condolences may be left for the family at
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John Houge

Posted at 12:05am
I couldn’t have been more saddened to hear of Virginia’s leaving us. This wasn’t supposed to occur for a lady so robustly alive every day, sharing her charismatic personality and style for all of us to benefit. What a wonderful family she and Chris have raised. To all the boys and Jan, and particularly my good friend Tim, I’ve been sad and without words for some weeks now. While time will heal a bit for you, know that the rest of us will be thinking of your mother and yourselves intently for a long time. -- John H.

David Paasch

Posted at 08:22pm
My family and I are so very saddened by your loss. Love, Pamela and Dave Paasch
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Kit Crane

Posted at 10:48pm
My love and sincere sympathy to Chris and all the Judge children and their families. I have such wonderful memories of Virginia. I loved being in her presence, you felt as though you were one of her very favorite people, taking the time to really talk to you!
She was the best. ❤️ Kit Dinneen Crane


Posted at 07:45pm
I remember going to visit with Virgina when my mom Pam Bond used to take me over when we were in town visiting Tim. I always remember how outgoing Virgina was and I loved it! I also add a secret ingredient to saurkrauate to this day that I learned from Virgina and I will make sure I past it on... You will be missed Virginia
Love, Brigit

Pauline McGinn Steinbach

Posted at 05:11pm
Oh Virginia! I saw this sad news on F B! Its been years since we briefly became friends in our teenage years! You were an inspiring gal and lots of good memories came of this friendship ! Wish I had got to know you better! My sincere condolences to your beloved family Pauline McGinn Steinbach Des Moines Iowa

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