Judith Delores Schrader died Jan. 3, 2013, at Bethany Good Samaritan Nursing Home, with her family at her side. Services were held Jan. 8, 2013, at Bethany Chapel, with father Tony Wroblewski officiating.
Judy was born in Brainerd on Jan. 11, 1942, the daughter of Marie and Gordon Fitch. She graduated from Brainerd High School in 1959, and was married to Ronald Schrader of Brainerd in May 1961.
Judy will be remembered by her family as a beautiful and dedicated wife, and a loving mother who always went the extra mile to care for her children. She insisted on semi-annual dental care for the kids, whether needed or not, and regularly attended parent/teacher meetings.
Judy was also a great cook, and the family always came first. Judy was always watching gourmet cooking shows and buying cookbooks. Her daughter, Connie, still has bookshelves full of cookbooks her mother bought for her.
Judy loved the outdoors, camping, bonfires and the water. She also liked fishing, and often urged John and Mike to get out on the lake and catch some fish for dinner.
Judy suffered for nearly 20 years with a rare, incurable affliction called Huntington's chorea, a genetic disorder with no cure that slowly diminishes physical functions such as walking, talking, balance and swallowing. This horrible disorder ultimately cost Judy her life, after a very long battle. Never once did she complain about her problem in all those years.
Judy was preceded in death by her siblings, Patsy (Gottsch) Fitch, Dick Fitch, Jim Fitch, Duane Fitch, Dorothy (Wayt) Fitch, Barbara (McDonald) Fitch and Bob Fitch.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ron; and children, John Schrader of Brainerd, Connie McCauley of Brainerd and Michael Schrader of Sartell, Minn. She will also be missed by her granddaughter, Ashley Terrell; grandson, Tom Terrell; great-granddaughters, Kali Schrader, Lauren Schrader and Emily Schrader; as well as great-grandson Hunter Brandenburg.