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Judith "Judy" Haischer Atherton

Obituary for Judith "Judy" Haischer Atherton

October 10, 1939 - May 20, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 80


Born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Judy moved to Mequon, Wisconsin when she was 11 years old. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her loving family. She graduated Cardinal Stritch College with a degree in Sociology and continued her advanced studies earning her Masters in Library Science from University of Wisconsin. After graduating, Judy moved to Alaska to teach 5th grade at Elmendorf AFB, where she met her husband, Tom Atherton.

During Tom's military career, they lived in Charleston, SC; Bangkok, Thailand; Langley Air Force Base, VA; McGuire Air Force Base, NJ; and Scott Air Force Base, Ill. They enjoyed the military lifestyle and were extensively involved in social activities.

Upon retirement, Judy and Tom traveled the world, wintering in Acapulco and extensive trips to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Judy's appreciation of culture, cuisine and life fueled their traveling passion.

After years of traveling they settled in Panama City Beach, Florida where Judy continued her teaching career while Tom built a successful real estate business. They even opened a restaurant! The appeal of Blue Skies West brought them to San Antonio to enjoy the camaraderie of military retirees and more RV travel.

Judy loved to read. She was instrumental in setting up Blue Skies library. Her sharp mind, quick wit and kind heart made her a wonderful resource and great friend. She continued to volunteer in the library until her health interrupted.

Judy had great faith in God and love for her country. She participated in mass in just about every country and state. She attended the Republican Conventions when possible.

Judy and Tom loved to travel to their numerous RV's. They traveled across the United States on adventures exploring the world, often with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Judy loved to entertain and would often play guitar and sing folk songs and funny songs while Tom sang along and played the ukulele. They loved to play games with the family and share in rousing conversation. Judy's avid reading kept her abreast of current spiritual and political dissertations. She always had a book by her chair and made sure all of the grandchildren did, too! Grandkids spent many summer vacations reading before jumping in the pool. Her humor was a welcome tonic to life's seriousness. She could "touché" with the best of them! Judy will be greatly missed.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Margaret Haischer, and her sister, Mary Bardoel.

Judy is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her husband, Tom; sister, Stephanie Southwell; brother, Theodore Haischer; brother-in-laws, Roger Bardo and Steve Southwell; stepdaughters, Leeann Atherton of Austin, and Elana Bluestone of Colorado; stepson, Thomas L. Atherton, Jr. of South Carolina; grandsons, Cliff Atherton, Austin Atherton and Mason Bolton; and great grandchildren, Sierra and Sammy Atherton; and nephew, Eric Southwell. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville.

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A private interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Funeral Services were live streamed & recorded via the link :

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