February 03, 2021) - Judith Ann "Judy" Gehlhoff, age 74 of Florence,
passed away on Tuesday, February 2, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, after
a two-year battle with cancer.
Judy was born September 8, 1946,
in Crystal Falls, daughter of the late Ruby A. (Fraker) and Wayne W.
Judy graduated from Florence High School, class of 1964.
She married her husband, Philip Gehlhoff, on June 21, 1986, in Bath,
Maine, where they enjoyed a Maine honeymoon with close friends Norma and
Donny Footer. A wedding reception was held upon their return to Florence
at the Von Oepen Farm.
Judy worked a variety of jobs through the
years. She worked for the Florence Mining News as a bookkeeper, typist,
and eventually photographer. She then worked as a bookkeeper for
Standard Service and Supply in Iron Mountain. In 1985 she was elected
Florence Town Clerk, and a year later, that job became a full-time
Clerk/Treasurer position. She retired in 2009.
Judy was a member
of First Presbyterian Church in Florence, serving on the Council for a
short time prior to her cancer diagnosis. For many years, she
volunteered serving food at Keyes Peak Summerfest, where the Gehlhoff
family cooked the pig for over 25 years. She personally gathered over
$4,500 of donations to purchase the large fort and swing set enjoyed by
many in the Town Park.
In her younger years, her main hobby was
photography. She had a darkroom at her house and many special lenses.
She also bought herself a Ski-doo snowmobile and was known to win a race
or two on the Pine River in front of the Cherub Lodge.
married Philip, she enjoyed all types of fishing and hunting locally, in
Canada, and on one trip to Alaska. She was frustrated with Philip's
"men-only" camp (Choctaw), so she bought her own 40 acres, where Philip
built her a camp. Here she enjoyed many a campfire and refreshments with
family and friends. She loved spending time with their dog Ginger, doing
puzzles, riding her UTV on the trails, adventures with the 4-J's,
collecting black bear knick-knacks, and watching the Green Bay Packers.
Judy especially enjoyed spending time with Philip’s grandchildren,
Julianne and Chelsea, in the 1990s and Gina and Alicia in the 2000s. She
was a fun Grandma building blanket forts, staying overnight at camp,
walking to the Ice Cream Shoppe for "her medicine," swimming at Fisher
Lake, fishing, and watching old cartoons.
Judy is survived by
two brothers; Walter (Denise) Stream of Westminster, Colorado; Richard
Stream of Florence; two sisters-in-law Sandy Witynski (Gehlhoff) of
Florence and Judy Von Oepen (Gehlhoff) of St. Paul, Minnesota; her
stepson Jim (Wendy) Gehlhoff and their daughters Gina and Alicia
Gehlhoff of Florence; step son-in-law Curt Jensen and his daughter
Chelsea of Florence; her step-granddaughter Julianne Augustyn and her
children Gavin, Carter, and Vienna of Appleton, Wisconsin; nieces and
nephews and special friends Joan Churchill, Joan Novak, Sue Hoogland,
and Pat Loritz.
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in
death by her loving husband of 35 years, Philip; brother Wayne Stream
Jr.; stepson John Gehlhoff; stepdaughter Pegge Jensen; and special
extended family friend Judy Brezeale.
Visitation will be held on
Saturday, February 6, from 10:00 until 11:30 AM at the Jacobs-Lundholm
Funeral Home in Florence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday
morning at 11:30 at the funeral home. Pastors Doug Johnson and Lisa
Ubbelohde will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in
Florence in the spring.
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The family has chosen
Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home and Crematory of Florence to honor Judy's
legacy of life.