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Judith S. Wilkinson, 72

Judith Sharon "Judy" Wilkinson, of Woodbury, Minn., passed away on July 15, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

She was born on Nov 21, 1941, in New Ulm, the daughter of Melvin and Carol Speckman. She grew up in Sleepy Eye. In 1963, she graduated from Westmar College. She taught for the next year. In 1964, Judy was united in marriage to Thomas K. Wilkinson. They were blessed with a daughter, Mary Beth.

Judy taught as a substitute teacher in many schools. She then worked in customer service at Fortis Insurance. Judy was an avid volunteer.

She found her passion with the group, Marvelous Mitten Makers (now part of Volunteers of America). For many years, she helped knit warm winter items for children in the St. Paul School District. For several years, she was the group coordinator, working with about one hundred volunteer knitters who made about 10,000 donated items a year. Judy regularly attended North Haven Church.

Above all, Judy loved her family. She especially enjoyed spending one-on-one time with each of her grandchildren, "to properly spoil them" she would say, and to teach them cooking, sewing, and knitting. Being properly raised in a good German family, Judy had a no-nonsense personality and a good sense of humor. Though small in stature, everyone knew not to mess with Judy.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Judy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Tom; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and Leroy Dieter; grandchildren: Frankie, Christine, Luke, Maddie, and Max; brothers: Calvin (Roxanne), Keevin (Alana), Haven (Ann), and Mervin (Laurie); many beloved nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Milen.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury, 55125. Visitation for one hour prior.

Memorials may be designated to "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" or to the donor's charity of choice.