Judith Anne Bartz, 74, of Riverside and formerly of Hales Corners, Wisconsin, died after a brief but terminal illness on June 26, 2020, surrounded by friends and family.
Born in Jefferson, Iowa, she moved to Milwaukee and attended Pulaski High School, where she graduated at the top of her class.
She married Dennis Bartz and raised her daughter, Kelly, in Hales Corners. She was great fun, had many friends, was always smiling, and especially loved the Fourth of July. She loved to golf, taught the neighborhood kids to ski and was a loyal member of the Alpine Valley Ski Patrol.
Ms. Bartz worked her way through nursing school as a paramedic and midnight shift ambulance driver, then cared for others at the Veterans Administration hospital with humor, compassion and nerves of steel. She bravely overcame addiction to lead a life full of love and adventures.
After retiring, she moved to Riverside to help raise her grandchildren, who loved her very much and she became part of the Navarro family. She wintered in Mexico and settled in the small village of Troncones, where her spirit flourished.
She found true peace in her beloved Troncones in the lime green house with the red gate on the Clinic Road. The locals considered her one of their own, and her adopted family surrounded with her with joy and love.
Ms. Bartz was a magnet for dogs and could never turn away them away. She was most happy when surrounded by her loyal companions, Buddy and Rito. She was preceded in death by other members of her pack: Duke, Ben, Schnitzel, Mackey and Joe the cat, and they are waiting for her over the rainbow bridge.
Judy was book smart, kind, selfless and funny. She was a voracious reader, traveler, and free spirit who loved unconditionally. She appreciated beauty but was never concerned with material things and was content with what she had, anywhere that happened to be. She lived out her days in her paradise by the ocean.
Ms. Bartz was the mother of Kelly Anne (David) Navarro (nee Bartz) and the grandmother of David and Nicholas.
Private memorial services will be held at St. Mary Parish in Riverside and in Troncones, Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Surfers for Strays (surfersforstrays.com) or Hazelden (hazeldenbettyford.org/Donate).
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.