Judith Ellen (Fyhrlund) Shipka

Born: Thu., May 16, 1935
Died: Sun., Apr. 28, 2013


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., May 03, 2013
Location: Dougherty Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., May 03, 2013
Location: Dougherty Funeral Home

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Judith Ellen Shipka
Judith Ellen Shipka, 77, Hibbing died April 28, 2013 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hibbing.  She was born May 16, 1935 to Sture and Linnea (Blom) Fyhrlund in Hibbing.  Judy grew up and spent most of her life on Swan Lake.  She married Joe Shipka in May of 1953, and they had three sons.  She then retired from Inter-Range Oil in Hibbing after working there for 30 years.  Judy was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.  She was thoughtful, loving, giving, and always very honest.  She was a great cook and loved to bake.  She later moved to Fountain Hills, AZ where she enjoyed her family, and volunteer work with hospice.
She is survived by her three sons, Joe (Donna Naglieri) Shipka, Fountain Hills, AZ., John (Karen Hemstad) Shipka, Edina, MN., and Jim (Susan) Shipka, Tempe, AZ., three brothers, Clarence “Cy” (Evelyn) Fyhrlund, Pequot Lakes, MN., Eldor Fyhrlund, Rockford, IL., and Arch (Jerri) Sterling, IL., sister, Dorothy Martin, Rockford, IL., nine grandchildren, Cindy, Cathy, Chris, Joseph, Jack, Justin, Allison, Leanne, and Terra, and three great-grandchildren, Isabel, Noah, and Anistyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sture and Linnea (Blom) Fyhrlund, and her husband Joseph Shipka in 2000.
Funeral services for Judy will be held at 11:00am, Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing.  The Rev. Kevin Norton will officiate.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home on Friday.  A private family interment will be in the Nashwauk Cemetery in Nashwauk.  Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

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Cynthia Akins
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
To my Dad (Jim) and family in Minnesota, my heart goes out to you during this time. I wish I could be there to say my goodbye. I saw Grandma last summer at the BBQ and I remember she made one of the best lemon desserts, I couldn't stop talking about it. When Grandma moved back to Minnesota from Fountain Hills she had given me some of her baking pans. I will be attempting that dessert! With love and hugs, rest in peace Grandma.

Tan, Susan, Laura and Alec Pham
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Dear Bruce, Terra, Anistyn and Noah,
Our deepest sympathies to you and the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Brenda Ringwelski
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Terra and family -
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Sam Shipka
   Posted Thu May 02, 2013
Joe, John, & Jim,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Aunt Judy's Grand kids.I wish We could be there with you in this time of remembrence.

Love Always, Sam, Rebecca,Ashley, & Sammy

Marlene (Bjerkesett) Jezierski
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
To Judy's family, I was sad to learn of your mother's loss. My mother loved Judy and shared many special times with her. The last was shortly before my mother died. She was so grateful to see her, delighted I might add. I still have a daily calendar Judy gave Mom in 1992. It has a little prayer and a humorous piece of wisdom on each page. Today's piece of wisdom is "Friendship is when you may not see eye to eye but you can walk arm in arm." I think Mom and Judy saw eye to eye. THey are probably having coffee now and catching up. Peace to you during this acute time of loss. Marlene

Jessica Laine
   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
To Judy's family,
I am very sorry for your loss. It was a joy to be able to know Judy and care for her at both Hillcrest and Guardian Angels.

Jack and Lois Fritz
   Posted Sat May 11, 2013
Deepest Sympathy to the family.

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