Judith A. Krejcarek

Judith Anne Krejcarek, 82, of Coleman, passed away on Feb. 19, 2024, with her daughters by her side at Rennes East.

Judy was born on Oct. 17, 1941, to John and Mary (Kleewein) Mlynarski in Milwaukee. After Judy graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1959, she went on to study education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating in June 1965. While attending college, she worked at Marine Bank, where she learned to balance records to the penny.

Judy participated as one of the first teachers for the newly founded Head Start program in Milwaukee before accepting a teaching position in the primary grades in the Oconto Falls School District.

Judy would soon meet the love of her life, Melvin (Joe) Krejcarek, whom she married on Aug. 20, 1966, at St. John’s Church in Coleman. She moved to Mundelein, Illinois, to set up house with her new husband and took a teaching position in Libertyville, Illinois. In 1974, Melvin and Judy moved to Coleman with their three children, Jody, Michele and John, to start a life in farming. Judy brought an amazing energy into the operation of the farm, absolutely no task was out of her reach. She could juggle long days of farm labor with maintaining precise bookwork while raising her three children along the way.

Judy volunteered teaching religion classes for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Coleman and as an election poll worker and committee participant for the Town of Pound. Upon retirement from the farm, Judy worked at the Zeitler Agri-Center in Coleman. Truly she was a phenomenal woman, mother and role model for her family.

Judy was always reading, whether a book or a manual. Throughout her years, she enjoyed bowling, hunting, gardening, filming wildlife and watching her fan club of hummingbirds.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary (Kleewein) Mlynarski, and brother-in-law, William (Pat) Brannan.

Judy is survived by her husband, Melvin, and children, Jody (Bart) Meyer, Michele (Darin) DeWitt and John (Anjali) Krejcarek. Judy also was blessed with six grandchildren who were a great pride in her life, Jason and Jesse (Jody), Connor and Ember (Michele), and Chandini and Malini (John). Judy is also survived by her three sisters, Pat Brannan, Janice (Richard) Rozumowicz and Kathy (Allan) Carey, and her brother, Robert Mlynarski.

Judy was placed in the care of Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home of Coleman, and the family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.