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Judith Baksic


September 18, 2018

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Judith Baksic died peacefully in Angels Grace Hospice Center on Sept. 8, 2018, in Oconomowoc, at the age of 74.

Judy is survived by he husband, Wayne; her children, Michael, Sherry and Scott; her sister, Gloria (Fran) Strelcheck; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Delia Schilling; her siblings, Edward (Jan) Schilling, Christine (William) Hotchkiss and Carol (Dennis) Vandershaegan.

Judy was born Nov. 24, 1944, in Bessemer, Mich., to Delia and Edward Schilling. She graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1962. She married Wayne Baksic, a research and design technician for Allis-Chalmers at the time in 1963.

After moving to the southeast corner of Wisconsin, July worked several administrative jobs before working as the director of an inbound call center in Waukesha for 27 years and retired in July of 2015. Besides being the “boss” of the call center, she was also the “boss” of the family, keeping tabs of everyone’s appointments, payments and other obligations. In the earlier days of her battle with cancer, in the hospital, she would remember all these things off the top of her head and remind people of them, as if nothing were the matter.

Judy was a grandmother first, caring for her children and grandchildren with a level of affection and understanding that seems rare in this day and age, the depth of which is not conveyable in a simple obituary. She was a generous and dedicated individual who loved knitting and crocheting, always making mittens, hats, blankets and other things for friends and family.

Her other main hobby was visiting her relatives, traveling to the Northwoods and the U.P. yearly, and out West to more distant relatives in her earlier years. She was passionate about her family, and everything they were passionate about, always willing to learn something new and had the patience that only a grandma can acquire.

Judy’s last wishes were for there to be no funeral proceedings or services. She only wished for us to have a celebration of her wonderful life, which will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests to make donations to ProHealth, the medical group that took care of her throughout her hard-fought battle with cancer, or Angels Grace Hospice, where she lived her final days in comfort and peace surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Although she has left us, she will always be in our hearts and will be missed by all that had the wonderful fortune to have known her.


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