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Judith Lair, 1940-2017

Judith Lair

Memorial services for Judith (Judy) A. Lair, 76, of La Crescent will be Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The Rev. Bryan Lair will officiate the service. All are welcome to join the family for dinner following the service.

Judy passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her home.

Judy was born on July 28, 1940, in Mankato, the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Lien) Wood. She grew up and attended school in Delavan. After graduating from Mankato State, Judy worked as an elementary school teacher for several years in the Bloomington schools.

Judy married Bill Lair on June 6, 1970. For many years, Judy’s main focus was on raising her two children. When Judy’s children were older, she worked for a number of stores including Jewel, Alton Drugs and Kohls. Judy enjoyed music from the 1950s, movies — especially The Buddy Holly Story, crossword puzzles, adult coloring books and her pet cats. She also loved spending time with and hearing about her grandchildren. Among her many talents was her ability to plan events and activities for her children, nieces and nephews at family get-togethers. Judy had a wonderful sense of humor, which included playing all kinds of jokes on unsuspecting relatives.

Judy is survived by her husband, Bill Lair; two children, Stephanie (Matt) Kaleba and Craig (Alecia) Lair; sisters Carol (Paul) Juergens and Pauline Way; brother, Howard Wood; grandchildren Ellie Kaleba, Audrey Kaleba and CJ Lair; brothers- and sisters-in-law John and Pam Lair, David and Bonnie Lair, Jerry and Rosemary Harris, Paul and Lynnette Lair, Bob and Linda Lair, Lynn and Donna Lair and Joe and Diane Lair; and many nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Henry.

The family extends a special thank you Judy’s niece, Jenny (Lair) Rommes, for taking such wonderful care of Judy.

Memorials can be made in Judy’s name to Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Hospice.

Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.