Judy Ann Firkus-Gonzales of Stevens Point passed away on Sunday evening, May 10, 2015 at the tender age of 68 at the Aspirus Hospital in Wausau from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Judy was born September 6, 1946 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of the late Myron and Charlotte (Knutson) Firkus. She attended schools in Rosholt and graduated from Rosholt High School in 1964.
Her marriage to Ronald Gonzales took place on May 9, 1981 in Los Gatos, CA. After their marriage the couple settled in California returning to Wisconsin in 1998. Judy worked at Land’s End for a number of years retiring in 2008.
She loved life and lived it with a passion. She enjoyed the outdoors whether it was working in her garden or camping with her husband. She loved traveling especially with her husband Ron taking road trips throughout the United States. She enjoyed her coffee and was an avid reader belonging to a local book club. She shared her time with others and volunteered with many organizations from the Riverfront Art Center to belonging to a knitting group that made crocheted hats that were donated to Wausau Hospital for newborn infants.
Judy also had a talent of interior decorating, and her special visions is what always made her house a home. Her most precious time was spending it with family and friends and for those who knew her, she will be missed by many. Judy lived her life with a saying by the late Maya Angelou that reads “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style”.
In lieu of flowers a memorial in Judy’s name will be established at a later date.
Survivors include her husband Ron, One Son James Shemanski of Plover and One Daughter Julie Shemanski of Rosholt. Three grandchildren Brittany Sortillon, Andrea Sortillon and Nikayla Shemanski.
Three Great Grandchildren; Gia, Lilli and Cruz. One Step-daughter Deneen Gonzales and two Step Grandchildren Haylee and Tim. Two Brothers Robert (Mary) Joesel of California, Mike Firkus of Iola and Three sisters Brenda Joesel, Katherine (Denis) Poole both of California and Marcia Alexandra of Appleton. Judy was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM on Friday May 15, 2015 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam officiating. Entombment will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4-7 PM. Thursday at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home of Stevens Point and from 9 AM Friday at the St. Faustina Room of St. Peter’s Church until the time for Mass. There will be a prayer service at 7 PM Thursday evening at the Funeral Home.
The Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.