Judie Flom, 84, joined her Heavenly Father on November 12, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Somewhere in Heaven, Judie is her vibrant self again. She is with her beloved “Donnie”.
She was the young candy striper at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital. He was the handsome patient who gave her a hard time. It was not love at first sight. It wasn’t until they met again that they began the love of a lifetime.
Judie (Sheboygan North High class of 1957) married Don Flom on December 26, 1959. They raised their four children in Sheboygan Falls and were together until Don passed away in 2019.
Judie’s favorite pastime was spending summer days in their swimming pool, talking and laughing with friends and family. She was an avid reader, enjoyed camping and had a flare for home decor. Judie enjoyed her role as ‘supervisor’, while contractor Don remodeled every corner of the house for her. They loved it. Judie was active in the Catholic Church, sang in the church choir and sang with Sweet Adelines. She and Don loved going to flea markets and garage sales where Judie was quite good at bartering. While her children don’t miss the early Saturday morning “Rise and Shine” song to clean, we do miss her singing and dancing to ABBA while doing so. Christmas was a huge event in the Flom home. It was Judie’s favorite holiday. The celebration of Jesus’ birth, the decor and the music all made her happy.
Later on, Judie’s role as “Gran” brought her incredible joy. She loved spoiling her grandchildren, bragging about their achievements and showering them with love. They will all remember her for her warmth.
Judie was diagnosed with her horrible disease almost two decades ago. She missed out on so many years with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. If there’s one message we would like to convey in her honor, it’s to make time for the people you love and LIVE life. We love you Mom, we are so happy you are finally at peace by Dad’s side.
Judie was the daughter of the late Fulton & Vera (Huss) Kolste. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Don Flom and her sister, Mary “Joy” (Bob) Kattner. She is survived by her children, Scott (Lety) Flom, Jeff (Faye) Flom, Jenny (Randy) Burhop, and Sherri (Tom Jr.) Testwuide. Judie is also survived by her six grandchildren: Jack Flom, Jared Flom, Thomas Testwuide III, Chase Testwuide, Lucy Testwuide, and Owen Testwuide.
Judie’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Rocky Knoll Healthcare Center for their compassionate care over the years as well as the staff at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice.
A private memorial service will be held in December. There is a memorial fund in Judie’s name for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Please visit our website to share memories and express condolences to the family at www.ballhornchapels.com.