Judy LaLeike (nee Johnson) died unexpectedly in Kennett Square, PA, on August 3rd, 2020 at the age of 85.
Judy is survived by her sons, David LaLeike of West Chester, PA, (Elizabeth Farcht) and Mark LaLeike of Strafford PA, (Joan LaLeike.) She is also survived by two granddaughters, Miyoki LaLeike and Greta LaLeike. She is survived by her brother, Bruce Johnson, of Oklahoma City, OK. She is preceded in death by her husband, Philip Denys LaLeike, and her parents Harry Sage Johnson and Marie H. (Maschmeyer) Johnson.
Judy was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1935. She attended high school in Milwaukee and graduated from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where she and Phil (of Stoughton) met and were married in Milwaukee in 1956.
Judy had many interests and passions that she pursued as she raised her sons and family. She lived on both coasts (Massachusetts and California) and was partial to her homes in the Midwest (Arlington Heights, St. Charles, Lake Forest and Fond du Lac) — and especially the Gilbert Lake cottage. She was glad to be near her sons and their families since 2003 when she and Phil relocated from Gray’s Lake, WI.
Judy will be remembered for her quick wit and sometimes sardonic tone. Her interests included:
– Water sports – was a swim instructor in college and set up canoeing, sailing and sunning at Gilbert Lake.
– Antiques – was a selective collector of 19th and 20th century American furniture and household items
– Crafts – was a dedicated quilter, and most recently was involved in traditional rug hooking as a member of the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild
– Painting – started in oils and for the last 10 years focused on watercolors with Brandywine Valley landscape subjects
Additionally, Judy enjoyed reading, cooking and gardening. She looked forward to Christmas and celebrated with her decorations, cookie making and dinners with her family.
A private memorial service will be held for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to
“The Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild”
C/O Diane Elser, Treas.
4924 Blossom Lane
Wilmington, De 19808
The Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild
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