Thursday, June 12, 2008

Obituary: Judith (Myers) Behrend - Class of 1956

MADISON - Judy Behrend, age 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2008. She was born Judith Marilyn Myers on July 21, 1938. A lifelong resident of Madison, growing up around the Vilas Zoo area, she was a 1956 graduate of Central High School. At 17, she quickly attained a position with the Air Force at Truax Field. In a forty year career as a civil servant, she started as a supply clerk and retired as the management assistant to the Deputy Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard. Her position brought excitement and a great sense of accomplishment, traveling around this country in military aircrafts and riding in tanks and armored personnel carriers. Judy's career was highlighted with numerous honors, including the Minuteman Award, presented to her at the Pentagon. As dedicated as she was to her job, nothing brought as much pride to her heart as her family. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Phil Behrend, their son Marc was born. Thus begun a long love affair with hockey. Judy was a proud mom and a faithful fan in the seats as Marc played for the Wisconsin Badgers, the USA Olympic team in 1984 at Sarajavo, Yugoslavia and the NHL's Winnipeg Jets of Canada. And it only got better when her son became a sixth generation firefighter for the Madison Fire Department. But, her biggest reward in life came in the form of her two beloved grandchildren, granddaughter Krista and grandson, Eric. She was a loving mother and an even more loving grandma. In a perfect world for Judy, everyday would have been Christmas. Instead, she went to a better world. She will be greatly missed by the family who loved her and all those who knew her. Judy is survived by her son, Marc Behrend; granddaughter, Krista Behrend; grandson, Eric Behren; her father, Dale Myers; two sisters, Shirley Ryan and Lynda (Marc) McCarville; a brother, Garry (Sue) Myers; nieces, Kathy (Mike) Anderson and Lori (Joe) Hewitt; nephews, Paul (Tammy) Ryan, Dennis (Pam) Ryan, Tom (Robin) Ryan, Dale Ryan, Shadd Weiss, and Dustin Weiss; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and her two very special little girls, Natalie and Paige. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn Fisher; and her brother-in-law, Paul Ryan. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 13, 2008, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 7 p.m., with Father Roger Nilles officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will be held at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

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