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j-tauber-web.jpgJudy C. Tauber of Mora, died on Sunday, May 24, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 71.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 am. on Thursday, May 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. Wear RED to the funeral, to celebrate her love for life and joy.

VISITATION will be from 4-8 pm. on Wednesday at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hr. Prior to service at the church on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to Association for Retarded Citizens or the American Cancer Society.

Judith Carol Tauber, realtor par excellence, acquired a beautiful lot in Heaven on May 24, 2009 leaving behind a host of family and friends to mourn their loss and rejoice in their memories and the privilege of having been loved by her.
Judy was born December 3, 1937 in Alexandria, MN, to Francis (Frank) and Frances (Fran) Tauber. Her father died when she was only 2 years old and she, her mother and older sister lived with family until Fran married Hjalmer Soderholm in 1948 and the family moved to Millerville. Judy graduated as valedictorian from Brandon High in 1955. She married Lee Freske the next year and they settled in Brooklyn Center, where three daughters joined their family; Sheila, who passed away at age 11 in 1971, Sandy and Susie. They moved to Brooklyn Park in 1978, where Judy became actively involved in local governance and Republican politics, serving on the Planning Commission during the tenure of Jesse Ventura as mayor. Involvement in community was always a cornerstone of her life. She and Lee divorced after 23 years of marriage but remained connected through love for their daughters. 23 years later, when both experienced health concerns they came back together and remained supportive companions until her death. She lived up to her nickname “The Workhorse.” She spent many years as a legal secretary; was named Legal Secretary of the Year and served as president of the association. She also worked as a mortgage lender and for the past 15 years as a top-selling realtor, bringing homes and homeowners together, creating new friends along the way. In 2001 Judy moved to Mora and quickly became an integral part of the community, renovating her 1898 Victorian into a lovely bed and breakfast, the Hersey House, which was a frequent gathering spot for community and family events. There was always more than enough delicious food to eatanother cornerstone. In Aug. 2002, she was diagnosed with lung cancer which was overcome and held at bay until 2008. No one could have fought a better fight and she died quietly surrounded by family and friends.
She is survived by daughters Sandy Kraemer and Susie Grady; grandchildren Michael and Katie Nystrom, former husband, Lee Freske, sisters Marian (John) Wurm, Jeanie (Rod) Doolittle, half-sisters Deanie Rentschler and Aurelia Janson, beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and a community of friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheila, her mother, father and stepfather. Internment is in St. Mary’s Cemetery under a tree overlooking the river.

20 thoughts on “JUDY C TAUBER”

  1. Judy was one fantastic woman! She touched my life in VA from MN. I will always adore her in my memories. She always called me “Alice Blue Eyes”

  2. Sandy, Suzie —

    I was saddened to hear of your loss. Know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. our Mom was a generous woman with a big heart, so believe me when I say that over time the sadness will be replaced by happy memories of the times you all spent together.

    Paul Seifert

  3. I loved Judy, I still love Judy. I will miss her terribly. Oh, the stories and tales I have…. :-)

    I will never forget her. She has been so crucial in who I am and where I am, and I owe her so much for that.

    I’m so sorry for your loss, but I know – like Paul said – you will have many happy memories. How could you not with such a wonderful woman?

  4. I will miss Judy sooo much!!! She was such a wonderful woman and my life was far greater for having her in it!! What a positive impact she had on all those around her. I hope she knew what an angel she was to so many people. My only regret is not being able to say goodbye.

  5. I am so sadded to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed my chats with Judy. I love the idea of wearing red to her funeral to celebrate her Life! She will be missed.

  6. Judy was an amazing person who befriended everyone and truly cared about them I have only happy or funny memories of her Judy was one of a kind and is aleady missed

  7. Judy will be greatly missed! She was such a wonderful woman and we are blessed to have known her! Our prayers go out to the family and all of her friends that will miss her. We are honored to wear red to celebrate her.

  8. From the moment I met Judy, I thought of her as my best friend. That was just the way she was. She sold our town house in Brooklyn Park before we moved to Edina and she moved to Mora. I thought I would see so much more of her and I regret that didn’t happen. What a terrible loss.

  9. I expect there could be hundreds of people who will have nothing but wonderful memories and kind things to say about Judy. She was my best friend for four years; the first person I’d want to laugh with, seek wisdom from, or share news with. Whether we were sitting on her front porch or traveling for radiation, Judy made every minute memorable. She colors my world and indeed shaped who I am today. What an honor to have been blessed with this friend!

    I will carry her in my heart always, and forever regret not being there this week.

    Sandy, Suzie, Katy, Michael, Lee, Jack and Max
    I’m with you in spirit, God Bless~


  10. I feel blessed to have met Judy. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by everyone she touched. My thoughts and prayers to all whose lives she brightened.

  11. Aside from being in the family, Judy and I were e-mail buddies. I spent most of yesterday pouring over the silly and happy e-mails we shared over the years. Her messages of inspiration, joy AND sadness will remain in my “in-box” forever as a rememberance of this wonderful and remarkable soul we called Judy.

  12. Just hearing her name would bring a smile to my face. I’m so so happy I was able to get out there last year. What a great memory. She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever had the privelege of knowing. I wish I had even half her strength.She will be missed terribly and forever loved.

  13. Sandy, Suzie, Marian, Jeanie and all your families.
    We send our deepest sympathy to all of you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Though we aren’t able to be with you, we will be with you in spirit. Our love to you all.

  14. Judy was one of the first ladies I met when I moved here and she helped me and shared many important lessons with me. She was a spedial angel in my life. I will keep her there within my heart. I Love you Judy.

  15. I’m so sad about Judy leaving us. I’m so happy to have had her in my life. She was quite the fighter of this illness for a long time. She’s an inspiration for me as to how to live life fully and joyfully under all circumstances. And I’m grateful that we had the girl cousin’s reunion last fall and we were able to share love and laughter. I cherish the memories of that weekend and all the other times we spent together although there weren’t nearly enough of them since I live so far from family. So I guess I’ll have to remember quality rather than quantity.

    All our love from Kathy, Mike, Ali, Annie, Scott, Holly and Reese

  16. Judy – Just her name brings a smile to your lips at all the wonderful memories.

    Judy and I became aquainted while working with the Salvation Army. All though she was a very busy lady, she took time to write letters and encourage us in many ways. Even when her cancer returned, she worked on letters to different groups.

    I had the privilege to have coffee with her a few times but most of our meetings were in her office as she was always on the go.

    May Jesus be your strength through this difficult time, May He be your guide and bring peace to your heart.

  17. Sandy, Suzie, Lee, Marian, Jeanne, and all your families,
    Please accept my sincere and deep condolences at the loss of such a wonderful and great lady. Judy was such a big part of our family for so many years. I…as well as my family…have so many wonderful memories of Judy that we shall cherish forever. I will always treasure the wonderful memories of the annual cookie exhange and luncheon that was such a tradition for Judy when she lived in Brooklyn Center. There certainly is no one like Judy and her passing is a great loss to be felt by many. There is now another angel in heaven…just as she was here on earth.

  18. Sandy and the rest of Judy’s family, I was saddened to hear about your loss. Judy was a kind, wonderful woman. She was one of the first people I met when I opened my little shop in Mora. I have met few people in my life who had the zest for life that she did! She was an easy person to love. She will be missed by our whole community. I’m so glad to have gotten a chance to know her…

  19. What do you do when you lose someone who was so amazing? I’ll tell you what you do…..You look up to the heavens and know she is watching you and smiling. She was an angel on earth and now she is no longer bound by this body. She sails on clouds and wings of gold, and she watches us all and waits for us to join her in that heavenly plane where she is now an angel again.
    We miss you Judy and you are so loved and will never be forgotten.

  20. I was saddened to find this notice. I will always remember her wonderful attitute and fight. I cherish the conversations we had, although there were not nearly enough of them because I am a ways away. I am so glad I brought my husband with me last September to visit. Had a wonderful afternoon at the Hersey House. I will miss you, Judy. Hope the family is healing. Take care.

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