Funeral services for Judy E Wentzel, 67, of Minneapolis were Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Meadow Creek Church in Andover, Minn. Burial was at the Estes Brook Cemetery.
Judy died March 4, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with lung cancer.
She was born Jan. 1, 1946 in St. Paul, Minn. to William and Elsie Cornelius. She was the oldest of seven children. She attended District 7 country school and
graduated from Milaca High School in 1963. Growing up Judy was active in the Estes Brook Church and youth group; she played piano for Sunday school and also taught Sunday school; She played accordion and was involved in 4-H activities. She played drums in the Milaca marching band where she received special achievement award for fund raising. After graduation Judy moved to Minneapolis. From 1963-1968 she worked for Control Data Corporation as a lead assembler and line inspector. It was while working at Control Data that she met and fell in love with Earl.
Judy was united in marriage to Earl Wentzel at the Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church in Oak Park, Minn. on April 6, 1968. They have three children, Chad, Kellie and Jeremy. Judy and Earl lived in Biloxi, Miss. and Minot, N.D. (where Earl was stationed with the Air Force) before moving back to Minneapolis in 1971. She was a Sales Rep for Elliason department store in Minot N.D. from 1968-1971; She was passionate about providing quality care to children and was a home Licensed Day Care provider from 1971-1986; from 1986-1989 she had her own House Cleaning Consultant business; from 1971-present she was an Avon Sales Representative and Team lead; Judy recently received her 40 year award certificate for her length of service achievement with Avon. From 1994-1996 she was a professional nanny caring for two young children; From 1991-1998 she was a Teacher’s Aide at the Good Samaritan Nursery School; and since 1998 has been a Special Education Para Teacher in the elementary and middle schools for the Bloomington school district.
Judy was passionate about helping others, especially children. She volunteered childcare to families in need; was a Morris Park Neighborhood community center organizer, National youth organization host, and a Community crime prevention leader for 15 years in her neighborhood. She and Earl to were instrumental in obtaining a large grant to build the Morris Park Community Center. She encouraged Earl to make a speech which resulted in the grant being awarded. Judy’s extensive contributions and efforts were noted as she cut the ribbon in the ceremony when the Morris Park Community Center was opened. She was an active member of Meadow Creek Church where she sang in the choir, was music secretary and was actively involved in the prison ministry program. She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping at Target, the Dollar store and garage sales. She loved angels, lighthouses and elephants. She loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and niece.
She is survived by her husband Earl; children, Chad, Kellie (fiancée Jeremy Clegg) and Jeremy (fiancée Shelly Kokkeler); siblings, LuAnn (Delano) Strombeck, Rita (Larry) Anderson, Jean (Dan) Geurkink, Roger (Rhonda) Cornelius, Larry (Joanne) Cornelius and Marlys (Keith) Olson; grandchildren, Krystin (Matt) Fetzer, Hope Clegg and Sophie Shaw; great-grandchildren, David and Daniel Fetzer and a baby on the way; and many other relatives and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents William and Elsie Cornelius.