Judy peacefully passed away at St. Boniface Hospital on April 30th, 2021 at 6:33 pm at the age of 80.
Judy will be lovingly remembered and missed by her four daughters Debbie Gledhill (Jeff), Cheryl-Lynn Zimmer, Jennifer (Mark), Barbara Lauterer (Bill); five grandchildren Clinton, Vanessa, Krystle-Lynn, Brandon, Baylee; eight great grandchildren Avery, Ava-Lynn, Anabella, Ayden, Carson Gledhill, Parker, Charlie Rose, Kruse Broomfield; and extended family in Thunder Bay and British Columbia.
Judy was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and moved around Canada quite a bit, being the daughter of an Army Sargent. She finally settled in Winnipeg and began her life journey.
She met her husband Albert Roy Zimmer and they began their family.
Judy worked numerous jobs, Eaton’s downtown, Gambles in Grant Park shopping center (she was one of the first employees at Gambles), waitress at A &W on Pembina highway; and Chinese Peking Restaurant (answering the phones for many years), to name a few. Mom worked evenings so she could be there for her girls, she did what she had to do for her family.
In 1979, Judy became a widow with four young girls. Not sure what direction to take, she followed her passion, her dream, she pushed herself through hairdresser school. She graduated from Scientific Beauty School and began her life as a hairdresser. She pursued her ultimate dream to help people and make people feel beautiful that is what fueled her.
Judy worked at a few different hair salons in the city before taking the leap of faith to continue her ultimate dream to be her own boss. She became self-employed and operated a few salons throughout the city. McKinnon House, Central Park lodge and finally Fred Douglas lodge is where Judy worked for the last 25 years, until she retired at the age of 75 in 2017.
Judy had a great zest for life. She had many interesting hobbies and interests along her way, all with always wanting to help others. Judy went all in with her mind, always working and thinking of her next adventure. She took great pride in everything she did, holding her head up high with a smile to greet anyone that crossed her path along her journey. She was a brilliant business woman, who had drive and fire to keep her going.
Judy enjoyed playing different characters with her puppets, playing instruments, drawing, baking, always learning a new way to entertain people. This fueled Judy's passion in her later years.
She thrived on entertaining people, helping people feel beautiful and loved for. She was quirky, humorous, caring and compassionate. She met a few famous people along her way Robin Williams, Johnny Reid and she was a lifetime follower of Ray St Germain, which gave her the need to want to entertain the seniors as she did so proudly.
She had an amazing “go get” work ethic all her life. She fought hard and bravely all her life while never giving up right until the end.
Judy loved and adored her four daughters and was very proud of them all. She did an amazing job all on her own. She loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family meant everything to her.
Judy is now with her husband (our dad); her mom and dad; brother Wayne; and many others who adored her along the way.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Seven Oaks Hospital, as well at St. Boniface Hospital. You gave our mom the best care possible.
A private celebration of life will take place with immediate family in the future.
We encourage you all to leave your comments, memories, photos of Judy in the comments section be a part of her amazing legacy.
Leave footprints of love, kindness each step of your journey!
Rest in peace MOMMA!
GONE BUT NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN
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