Judith Ann Miller passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021 after a courageous battle with congestive heart failure and cancer. Making the brave choice of living her life to the fullest and challenging herself every day, Judi was able to spend her last years with her husband and soulmate Charles (Charlie) Miller and also visiting with her children creating an atmosphere of love and memory of a life well-lived. Judi is survived by her husband, Charlie Miller and three children, Cheryl Miller Balster married to Mark Balster, Michael Miller married to Hillary Miller, and Brian Miller married to Emily Miller. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren: Justin, Andrew, Kyle and Jack Balster, and Aaron, Morgan, Gregory and Thomas Miller, and Eva Mae Miller, along with their spouses and significant others. She also leaves behind a sister, Helen Marmoll, and brother, Chet Marmoll, and all Miller in-laws. Judi was preceded in death by her parents, Erma Allen and Raymond Marmoll, sisters Mary and Susan, and brothers Joseph and John.
Judi was born on January 20, 1945 and grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Raised with six spirited siblings on a small poultry farm, Judi was able to tell countless hilarious stories coming of age in the Chicago area including animal escapades and plenty of 1950’s homespun adventures. Judi’s sense of adventure led her to pursue a nursing degree at Marquette University in 1964 where she met the love of her life, Charlie Miller. They were married on June 4, 1966 in St. Petronille Catholic Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and started a young family soon after. Judi continued to pursue academic classes of anything that interested her, and later finished a Spanish degree which shaped her future helping others in Central American countries and also assisting Spanish-speaking people to find homes during her career as a real estate agent. Judi and Charlie lived together in the Appleton area most of their lives and enjoyed the winters in The Villages in Florida the last fifteen years.
Judi loved poetry and all things beautiful in life. Whether giving to her husband, children or giving to others, making people happy truly exemplifies Judi’s life. She spent over 20 years delivering Meals on Wheels while often spending a bit of extra time with each senior just listening to their story. She often took her children and grandchildren along teaching them the value of little things that bring joy to those in need. Judi and Charlie made numerous trips to Nicaragua helping to establish an official sister city program between Appleton and Chinandega, which is still actively working in Nicaragua today. Their love of helping and traveling later took them to Coca, Ecuador as part of a sister church project through St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Combined Locks. On many of those trips, she spent time with the children of the barrios teaching them English and bringing smiles to many faces that shared her joy of life and language. Judi also spent countless hours helping two of her grandchildren, Jack and Eva Mae, with their academic successes.
Judi was an athlete who ran marathons and loved golf and racquetball, a lover of the beautiful side of life and Chardonnay, an organizer, a traveler, a talented knitter and crocheter, a collector, a cook, a life-long friend and lover of the ladies’ birthday lunches, and the first person to offer help to any of her children. She focused on supporting her husband and children, often putting their dreams and desires before hers. She was truly one of those people who took joy from the successes of those she loved. Let us all take a bit of Judi with us as we go through the rest of our lives bringing joy, smiles, happiness, and just being real to all around us.
The family would like to thank the staff at ThedaCare Hospital, ThedaCare Cancer Center, Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for their support and compassionate care.
A private family funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in Appleton. Interment of ashes will occur at the Holy Family Cemetery in Brillion later in the fall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Judi’s name to the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of America program at https://wisnic.org/.
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