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Judy A DeHaan

Judy A DeHaan, mother of six, grandmother of four, and foster mother, passed away on December 1st at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after a brief illness. Judy was a longtime resident of Hinsdale and Class of 1970 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School. She worked for many years at Hinsdale Hospital and was active in the community, serving as storytime lady and picture lady (among other activities) at Oak School. Judy owned and operated Judy's Machine Embroidery, where she embroidered sweaters, jerseys, tee shirts, and hats. Over the years, she generously shared her knowledge by teaching others the art of machine embroidery, holding training sessions in her home. Also a talented seamstress, she made clothes, halloween costumes, and quilts. One year, Judy was commissioned by the Chicago Lyric Opera to make the costumes for their production of Leos Janacek's "Jenufa." A professional-level dog groomer, Judy worked for ten years at the Velvet Bow, a well-known Hinsdale establishment. During this period, she attended numerous national dog shows, grooming and presenting animals during competitions. She was passionate about animals, and enjoyed dog grooming, breeding, and training, along with horseback riding and conversing with her two parrots. Always creative, Judy used her spare time to cut and set leaded glass to produce elaborate stained glass artifacts for herself and others. A skilled practitioner of the domestic arts, Judy was a prolific baker, making pies, cakes, and breads for family and friends. In high school, her cherry pie won a cooking competition. Judy retired to Grayslake, Illinois in 2018, spending her time in the lakehouse that she designed. She is survived by her husband (Peter), six children: Anthony, Lisa Swiderski (and husband Derek, sons Charles and Peter), Michael DeHaan (and wife Zoya, sons Jacob and Adam), Liv DeHaan, Laura DeHaan, and Lacey DeHaan, as well as two sisters, Kay Byers (with husband Donald and daughters Crystal and Angela) and Marcia Mengarelli (with husband Robert and son Joel and daughter Nina). Memorial services will be postponed until after the COVID pandemic has passed.


We are so sad for your loss. We hope you and your family are dealing well. If we can help in anyway please dont hesitate to ask. God bless you all. Cici and Ric

Cici197431@yahoo.com Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Peter,

I am truly sorry for your loss. She was a very creative person and sorely missed. As time goes by it will get better. My husband of 13 years passed and although cant imagine loosing someone after 44 years, I can tell you there is HOPE left in life and Happiness to be had.

She is your Angel now and watching over you to make sure that you are well and can find happiness again.

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Sonia Rodriguez Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Judy's passing! I'm so sorry for your loss. I got my puppy, Star, from her August 30. She wanted to see Star again and for Star to have a play date with one of the brother puppies, Buddy. Because of the Covid19 virus, I never got to meet her in person , but we did text and send a few emails to each other. I'm so sad that I won't be able to meet her, she was very nice to me.

Debbie Golden Jan 3 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of Judys passing. She was a wonderful lady with a HUGE heart! Her devotion to her family, foster kids and friends was immeasurable. My condolences to Peter, Tony, Lacey and the rest of the family.

Gina Nelson Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

We are shocked and saddened to learned of Judys passing. We ask the family to accept our condolences. Martin and I fondly remember meeting up with Judy and Peter over 40 years ago.

Martin and Peggy Valley Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

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