Judy is the Director of Traditional Worship at the Sunday, 8:30 service. As such, she provides organ/piano music for the service, chooses the hymns, plans the special music and arranges for guest musicians. Judy is also the choir accompanist and has joined the Freedom Ringers.
Judy is a graduate of Augsburg College, with a degree in Music Education and Piano/Organ emphasis. She also has a degree in Mathematics from UW-Eau Claire. Her first church music experience was as the organist in the church where she grew up (Bethlehem Lutheran in Frazee, MN), starting in 6th grade. After college and marriage, she moved to Chippewa Falls and joined Central Lutheran as the Organist and Children's Choir Director for 18 years. She then moved back to Minnesota for a year, where she was employed by several churches and taught music in the elementary schools. After returning to the Chippewa area, she was hired by First Congregational Church in Eau Claire and spent many years there. Now she is back at Central, which she considers her "home" church!
Over the years, she has always been a piano teacher, and has also taught elementary music and math (for a short time) in the public schools. She accompanies many concerts for local schools and UWEC, but church music has always been her first love.
Judy's daughter, Teri (Haas), lives in Jefferson City, Missouri with her husband, Alan, and four children (Hannah, Chloe, Lydia and Daniel). Her son, Ryan is married to Michelle, and they live in rural Fall Creek with their two children (Allyson and Alex). Judy's husband, Joe, passed away in 2003, and they were the owners of grocery stores in Chippewa Falls and Rice Lake.
Judy loves all types of music (of course!), and has played piano since she was 6. Clarinet and saxophone were her band instruments, and she played them through college. She has played a little bit of everything through the years and decided to join the Freedom Ringers at Central this year. "It's trickier than it looks!" Reading is also a major past-time as well as many sports. "I'm a die-hard Vikings fan (not popular in this area!)" and she enjoys attending the sporting events of her local grandchildren. She used to be a runner, but now she's usually walking the dogs (Elmo and Charlie) or going to Zumba classes. She also does a lot of boating, kayaking, and hiking. Over the years, she has been fortunate to travel to many places in the U.S. and abroad.
Judy drinks coffee by the gallons, but she like it strong and flavored the best! If she won the lottery at this stage of her life, there really isn't anything that she thinks she needs. So after making sure that her mom, siblings and children/grandchildren were taken care of, she'd probably establish a charitable foundation......and take a major vacation!