Overcast
28°FOvercastFull Forecast

Judith I. Lamia

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:41 p.m. CDT

Judith Irene (Gronewold) Lamia, 71, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Judie was born on Aug. 25, 1942 to Elmer and Barb Duitsman.  

She grew up on her family’s farm in Forreston, and always enjoyed working along side her father both in the milking barn and out in the fields.  

In high school she enjoyed playing the French horn, singing in the school choir, and cheerleading.  

She was always very proud of being a runner up Saukerkrat Queen and the FFA Queen.  

She graduated from Forreston High School in 1960.

After attending college for a semester she made the brave move to Chicago, where she worked as a secretary after graduating from Moser Secretary School.  

After a few years she moved back to the farm and married her high school sweetheart, Ronnie “Fuzz” Gronewold.  

They farmed together for 15 years and were blessed with two daughters, Patty and Cathy.   Judie was an active member for North Grove Evangelical Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in many different church activities.  

After their divorce Judie embarked on establishing her business career.  

She worked as a secretary for National Harvester, a real estate company and then hired with Pitney Bowes where she continued to work for the next 17 years.  

In 1984 Judie made the exciting move to Florida with the love of her life, Lee McLaughlin.  

She enjoyed her success with Pitney Bowes and the wonderful friendships she made during this time.

In 1998, Judie retired from Pitney Bowes but continued to work part time in real estate.  In her free time she enjoyed working in her yard, spending time with friends, attending events at the Moose Lodge, and was an active member of the Gator Ski Club.

Her zest for life and her contagious smile will be missed.

She is survived by her daughters and their families, Jim and Patty Rabideau (granddaughters, Caroline, Cathleen and Katelynn) Dale Mansfield and Cathy Harris-Mansfield (granddaughters, Emily, Lily, Anna and Mackenzie); her three sisters, Betty (Aryln) Reemstma, Doris Smith, and Susie Lorenz.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (small chapel), 9625 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

More News

Reader Poll

How would you rate your fear regarding ebola?
Zero fear
Somewhat fearful
Very fearful