Judith “Judy” K. Hein, age 72, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at her residence. Private family funeral services will be held. Pastor Scott Dempster will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Pallbearers will be: Laura Noll, Jeff Noll, Lonnie Hawthorne, Sarah Bauske, Derek Washburn and Sheila Buchholz.
Judy was born on June 20, 1947, in Watertown, SD, to James and Stella (Engels Mohr) O’Byrne. She attended Watertown Schools and attained her GED in 1989. Judy worked and managed several bars during the duration of her life.
Judy enjoyed camping and fishing when life gave her the opportunity. She liked figuring out Sudoku puzzles and playing card games, bingo and dice. She cherished the times she could go over to her son John’s house for supper as she loved his cooking. Her family described her as very strong-willed, determined and said she always maintained a positive attitude, never giving up. She had a strong sense of humor and was very knowledgeable. Judy’s life revolved around her family. She was nurturing and was a mother-figure to everyone.
Judy is survived by her children: John Hein (Michelle Achterberg) of Watertown, SD, Rod Hein (Mary Lamb) of Augusta, GA, and Tina (Victor) Schudar of Pueblo, CO; her brothers: Jim (Annette) O’Byrne of St. Cloud, MN, and Rich (Barb) O’Byrne, Jeff Mohr and Kelly Mohr, all of Watertown, SD; her sisters: Jackie (John) Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Rita Mier and Patricia Washburn (Gene Maines) both of Grand Island, NE; three grandchildren: Kaila Hein, Nik Hein and Hailey Hein; and 17 nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, James and Stella O’Byrne; her sister, Roxanne O’Brien; and her nephew, Richie Nielson.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel. www.crawfordosthus.com
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