Judy J. Falk

Judy J. Falk

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UPDATE: A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2020,  at 10:00 a.m., outside by the gazebo, at the First Congregational UCC

Please remember the following as you arrive:

Masks are required.

Social distancing is required (family groups 6’ apart).

Please bring your own chairs, as only a limited supply of church chairs are available (their upholstered chairs are difficult to sanitize)

There will be no congregational singing

There will be no luncheon served in the fellowship hall

Please try to avoid using the restrooms

In the event of inclement weather, the outdoor service will be replaced by a ceremony in the Fellowship Hall for immediate family members only.


Judy Jan Falk, 80, of Gaylord, passed away May 19, 2020, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

Judy was born in Coldwater, MI, on December 5, 1939, to her late parents, Homer and Dorothy Cox. Judy was the youngest of two daughters. Her sister, Barbara, was twelve years older than her.  As a child, Judy enjoyed spending her summers on the lake and watching movies with her friends at the local movie theatre, which her parents owned. After high school, Judy entered nursing school, where she received her degree as a registered nurse. Shortly after nursing school, she met her husband, Chuck. They married in California while Chuck was in the Navy. In November of this year, they would have been married for 59 years. Together they raised three boys, Toby, Troy, and Andy, and one girl, Trish.

As an RN, Judy primarily worked for the State of Michigan at the Alpine Center, which was a hospital that specialized in caring for those with intellectual disabilities. Her passion for being a nurse resonated with all those she came in contact with during the 20 years she worked there, eventually retiring in October of 1991.

Besides spending time with her family, Judy enjoyed camping, dining out, reading books, scrapbooking, crocheting, and could often be found silently observing (giggling) while she people watched. In the fall, Judy never missed a University of Michigan football game, either watching at home with family or at The Big House – Go Blue! Judy was also very active in her church and choir at the First Congregational Church, where she and Chuck were members for over 30 years.

Judy is survived by her children, Toby (Sheri) Falk, Troy (Judy) Falk, Tricia (Jeff) Wegmeyer, and Andy (Missi) Falk; her grandchildren, Austin (Kellie) Falk, Jordan Falk, Kory (Alice) Wegmeyer, Lauren Wegmeyer, Alex (Cassie) Falk; and her great-granddaughter, Addyson Falk. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jennifer Falk, and her sister, Barbara Yost, who are joyfully dancing with her in heaven now.

Arrangements for a celebration of life are pending due to the current pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider sending your memorial contributions to the Otsego County Commission on Aging.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

19 comments on “Judy J. Falk”

  1. Sorry to learn of her passing. I was fortunate to know her when the family lived next to my parents. May she rest in peace.

    1. I worked with Judy at Alpine Regional Center. She had a great compassion for those with a disability. She was encouraging when I was a direct care staff person there. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  2. Jodie and Tim Samkowiak

    Troy and Judy,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. My sympathies go out to all members of Judy’s family. She was a delight to work with during our years of Hospice of the North. She was at her very best when she was involved in caring for others.

  4. Chuck and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. The picture you’ve posted in her memory is so perfectly her! Her smiling face. and laugh, always comes to mind when I’ve thought of her over all these years and how I’ll always remember her. I consider myself blessed that in this great big universe, our paths crossed. Grief is the price we pay for love, and she was and will be forever loved. Know you are in my prayers. May flights of Angels sing her to her rest.

  5. Ann Abrams-Carlman

    I knew your mom when she worked at Alpine Center, as floor supervisor. I respected her nursing skills, showing care and compassion for residents. May she rest in peace.

  6. Marilyn and Paul Kaczanowski

    She was a lovely lady. We always enjoyed spending time with her at at church coffee hour and choir practice. Rest in peace Judy!

  7. Beverly Cherwinski

    I had the pleasure to have worked under Judy’s supervision while working at the Gaylord State Home. Judy was a kind and pleasant Supervisor and I so enjoyed working under her.

    Wanting her family to know that she will be a pleasant memory for us who had the pleasure to work with and under her.

    Sympathy to her family,

    Bev Cherwinski

  8. To the Falk family,

    I never knew your mom, but I can sure tell you she raised some very nice children!

    My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  9. Trish,
    My heart hurts for you my friend. I know the special mother-daughter bond you had with her, She was such a kind lady. Hugs to you and the family.

  10. Dear Chuck and family,
    My heart goes out to you all. I will always remember Judy with the fondest memories. Her laughter was so special and something I will never forget. Best of times with our families hunting morels with Homer and Dorothy! She was a wonderful wife, mother and aunt. My thoughts are with you all.

    Love, Debbi

  11. Denise Schmidlin

    We were so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We have so many fond memories of our time spent with her in Cardiac Rehab . Chuck, you and your family are in our prayers.

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