Helen Arlene Judd
Helen Arlene Judd of Rochester passed away on June 14, 2017 at Samaritan Bethany.
Arlene was born on January 28, 1928 on her grandfather's farm in Pilot Mound Township, Minnesota to Henry Elmer Jacobson and Morilla Alvilda (Skrukrud) Jacobson. She was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. During the early years of her life the family lived in Lanesboro, Minnesota and then moved to Chatfield, Minnesota.
Arlene met her future husband John Donald Judd while in elementary school and they both graduated from Chatfield High School in 1946. She worked at a nursing school in Rochester until marrying Don in Manhattan, Kansas, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army at Ft. Riley, on September 20, 1951. Don was reassigned to Ft. Atterbury, Indiana and their daughter Julie was born in Franklin, Indiana.
After Don's discharge they moved to Minneota, Minnesota where Don was a social studies teacher and head football coach. They had many good memories of their years in Minneota. Their son Chuck and daughter Kathy were born in Marshall, Minnesota during this time.
Arlene and Don moved to Farmington, Minnesota in 1962 and raised their family there. They moved to Rochester in 2009. Arlene was a dedicated and valued medical records librarian at Sanford Memorial Hospital in Farmington for many years. She was very meticulous in her work and was proud to get superior ratings from the Joint Commission accreditation reviewers year after year. Even after her busy days at work Arlene managed to put a complete delicious dinner on the table in the evening. Every year on Chuck's birthday she made his favorite dessert, Boston Cream Pie. She baked krumkake, donuts, and fantastic cookies among many other treats.
During their years in Farmington, Arlene was a member of St. Gerard's Circle of St. Michael's Catholic Church, played in a regular bridge club and she and Don enjoyed their couples' card club. For many years they were involved with Dakota Village where Arlene often provided the history of the bank building. Don and Arlene loved long drives and drove to and through most of the states in the Union along with some parts of Canada. In the 1990s they drove the Alaska Highway to visit Kathy and her family in Anchorage. Arlene even managed to get on an airplane more than once to visit Alaska, motivated by the opportunity to see her grandsons, Josh and Brennan. Years later we found out that one of the reasons she did not enjoy flying was that her dad's friend took her up in an airplane in about 1931 and performed some acrobatic moves. Her brother Marv also went up and loved it - Arlene did not.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Don, in 2014; her parents, Elmer and Morilla; brother Marvin Jacobson and his wife Luella; brother-in-law Elroy Bothun; brother-in-law Paul Judd and his wife Peroline; brother-in-law James Judd and his wife Jean; and brother-in-law Max Judd.
Arlene is survived by daughter Julie Ann Jackson and her husband Guy of Winona, son Charles Martin Judd of Edina, daughter Kathryn Judd Berry and her husband Patrick of Anchorage, Alaska; two grandsons, Joshua Judd Berry and his wife Hege Larsson Aas of Oslo, Norway and Brennan Berry of Madrid, Spain; sister Doris Bothun of Babbitt, MN; sister-in-law Marjorie Judd of Chatfield; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends Keith and Colleen Gordon of Red Wing.
The family would like to thank the staff of Samaritan Bethany as well as Arlene's nieces Pamela Peters, Suzanne Thieke and Vicki Cramer for their care and friendship over the past few years.
In a final generous act, Arlene donated her body to the Mayo Clinic for medical research.
A memorial service will be held on September 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield.
Arrangements are by Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield.