Judith Ann Maki


MARQUETTE, MI – Judith Ann (Peterson) Maki, age 78, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in the loving care of her family.

Judy was born January 13, 1939, in Marquette, to Carl and Violet (Key) Peterson and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Graveraet High School in 1956. After her children were born, she began working part-time at White’s Party Store and later, for many years, at the B and J Superette and finally for the St. Vincent de Paul Store. She retired in 1999 and then began volunteering at St. Vincent’s until the present time. In her retirement, she started Key’s Best Estate Sales with her family and enjoyed working with family and friends selling treasures and meeting many new people. On October 23, 1976, she married Arvi Maki, her best friend and love of her life. They enjoyed getting together with family at Camp Wasa near Shot Point and family gatherings in Gwinn. They also spent many weekends with family in Wisconsin and looked forward to their trips to West Virginia. They were NMU hockey fans from the first game the team played. In her younger days, Judy loved dancing. She loved all animals, especially her dog, Mustii and grand dog, Darby, and her grand cat, Bob. Judy joined the Vasa Lodge in 1990 and served as chairperson for many years. Her grandfather, John Key, was a charter member in 1922. Her parents were also active members until they passed away. Judy was very involved with the Marquette Red Hat Rosettes, serving many years as the treasurer (Princess Purse Strings). She made many new friends, enjoyed singing with the group and totally enjoyed every party, trip, convention and everything else they did. She also loved singing with the Sunshine Girls at nursing homes and assisted living homes. She was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church.

Judy is survived by her husband, Arvi; her beloved children, DeAnne (Jim) Foye and Steven (Dawn) White all of Marquette; Daniel White and Mark (Karen) White all of Hortonville, WI; her precious grandchildren, Sheena (Justin) Oberg, Karl, Emma and Alexis White; and her special great-grandchildren, Cloey and Cooper. Also surviving are her step-sons, Ronald (Kim) Maki of Oshkosh, WI and Gary (Brenda) Maki of Weston, WV; and special grandchildren, Emma, Grace, Emily (Ethan) Chapman, Erin (Joe) Kelly and Katie; and great-grandchildren, Bane and Bentley; her sister, Sue Altmann; and brothers, John (June Mackey) Peterson and Dave (Jan Palmer) Peterson; a brother-in-law, John (Gloria) Maki; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; three infant brothers; and her brother-in-law, Michael Altmann.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, September 21, beginning at 11:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon. Rev. Greg Heikkala will officiate. Pallbearers will be her sons, Steve, Dan, and Mark; her grandsons, Karl and Justin; and son-in-law, Jim. Interment will be made in Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 or the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2119 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com