Judith Ann Holappa

Judith Holappa

ISHPEMING, MI – Judith Ann Holappa, age 78, passed away peacefully November 15, 2020, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Judith Ann Laitinen was born in Ishpeming, Michigan, on March 23, 1942. She was a member of the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1960, and earned her teaching degree from Northern Michigan University in 1976.

Judy grew up in West Ishpeming and raised her family there, as well. In 1960, Judy married Donald Holappa in Ishpeming, Michigan. She worked as a substitute teacher for the NICE and Ishpeming School Districts for many years, and, also worked at the Ishpeming Public Library. She was an avid reader and enjoyed going out for lunch with friends. Judy’s final years were spent in Rochester, Minnesota, near her daughter.

Survivors include her three children, Sherri (John) McMeeking, Daniel, and Mardi (Michael) Wilson; three grandchildren, Samantha, Amy and Ian and two great-grandchildren, Gentry and Savannah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Anita and John Laitinen, and her brother, Dick.

Judy’s family would like to express their appreciation for the care and compassion she received from the staff at Cottagewood Assisted Living in Rochester, and from the caregivers at St. Croix Hospice.

A memorial service will be held in Ishpeming in the summer of 2021.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Judy’s obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com

where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.