October 28, 1936 - June 24, 2016
October 28, 1936 - June 24, 2016
Judith Rita (Hamann) Parlette (1936 – 2016)
Judy Parlette passed away peacefully in her home on June 24th, following an extended illness. She was 79.
Judy was born at home in Toledo, Ohio to Harry and Garnet Hamann. She was the youngest of three children. She graduated from Whitmer High School where she was President of the Future Teachers of America and elected Queen of the Senior Prom. Judy attended Bowling Green State University, was an Alpha Phi sorority sister, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. After college, she travelled by ocean liner to Europe and with a dear high school friend spent six weeks visiting England, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy.
While teaching English at Washington Junior High she became friends with the school librarian, Althea Parlette, who introduced Judy to her son Carl ("Jim"). They married in 1961. Their first home was in Killeen, Texas, where Jim served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood Army Base. The couple later returned to Toledo and purchased their forever home on a tree lined street with gardens where they resided for 54 years. In these years, Judy devoted her time at home to raising their two children. She taught her children to appreciate the value of reading, music, art, nature and helping others. She was a den mother for her son's Cub Scout troop and taught her daughter how to use her Singer sewing machine and proudly helped with her home economics fashion shows.
Judy and Jim took the family on many adventures to national parks and monuments which included a helicopter ride to view Mt. Rushmore. They often pulled their camper, affectionately known as "Galloping Gerdy". The family also made visits to the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Symphony, and Music Under the Stars concerts at the Toledo Zoo. They enjoyed outdoor excursions to area metroparks, including overnight winter camping at Oak Openings.
In later years, the couple travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Jamaica, the Grand Caymans and Hawaii. They often participated in outings and dinners with the Owens-Illinois Golden Emblem Club. Judy looked forward to spending time with her grade school girlfriends for lunch or a movie. She also enjoyed interior decorating with her brother. Their beautiful sunroom addition was a favorite place to spend time with family and friends. She was talented at crocheting and often made gifts of afghan blankets, scarves and sweaters bringing pleasure to many.
Judy was very proud of her family and cherished time with her children and grandchildren. Her hugs, kisses and endearing laugh will be fondly remembered.
Judy was preceded in death by her beloved parents and brothers, Tom and Dan. She is survived by her devoted husband, Jim; son, Christopher; daughter, Lisa (Brad) Miller and granddaughters Hilary, Claire, Anna and Kate.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the professionals at ProMedica Hospice. Gina, Wendy, Jo, Vonetta and Ron cared for Judy with kindness, respect and compassion.
Honoring Judy's wishes, there will be no visitation and a private memorial service will be held. A Celebration of Life gathering will take place at a later date. Tributes are suggested to ProMedica Hospice or Cherry Street Mission Ministries. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ansberg-West Funeral Directors, 419-472-7633. To send her family online condolences, please visit www.ansberg-west.com.
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