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Obituary for Mary Virginia Judge

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