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Judith Leigh Strate

June 3, 1943 — October 31, 2023


Judith Leigh Strate, lovingly known as Judy, passed away on October 31, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones in Wausau, WI. She was born on June 3, 1943, in Grinnell, Iowa to Norman Roseland and Elinor Roseland.

Judy's career path took her on a remarkable journey in the medical field. She began as a registered nurse at Beloit Medical Hospital in Wisconsin before moving on to Mercy Hospital in Massachusetts. Her passion for nursing extended beyond the hospital walls as she taught nursing at a Vocational High School and served as a visiting nurse for Roncalli Home Health. Later in her career, Judy joined Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a nurse case manager and eventually rose to become the Director of Utilization Management. Her tireless dedication and compassion made a significant impact on the lives she touched throughout her career.

Outside of work, Judy found joy in spending time with her family and friends. She cherished every moment she had with them, especially while spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories that will forever be treasured.

Judy had many hobbies and interests that brought her immense happiness. She was an avid reader who could often be found lost in the pages of a captivating book. Journaling allowed her to express herself creatively and reflect on life's moments both big and small. Additionally, Judy possessed a talent for sewing and quilting, that truly showcased her artistic abilities.

Amongst her proudest accomplishments was being an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Wausau. Her faith was an integral part of her life, providing strength and guidance during challenging times. Judy left an indelible mark within the church community through her involvement and unwavering commitment to spreading kindness and compassion.

Judy's friendly disposition made it easy for others to open up to her. She was a loving, caring, and accepting individual who could always be relied upon. Judy's trustworthy nature and exceptional listening skills made her a dependable confidante for her loved ones and friends. Her impact on the lives she touched will continue to ripple through time.

Judy's passing leaves behind a void that will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her mother, Elinor Roseland, at the remarkable age of 102 years old. Judy's loving memory will also be carried on by her daughter, Jennifer Strate Mullen, and son, Joel Strate. She was a cherished mother-in-law to Ed Mullen and Suzi Strate. Judy's grandchildren, Patrick, Nicholas, Meghan Mullen, and Charlie Strate brought immense joy to her life, as well as her great-grandchildren Noah and Paul Mullen. She is also survived by her partner Ronald Schubert.

In addition to her immediate family, Judy's memory will live on in the hearts of her deceased sister Beverly Gustafson and her late husband Richard Strate.

To honor Judith Leigh Strate's life, a visitation service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Wausau on November 8, 2023. Friends and family are invited to gather at 406 Grant St starting at 1:00 PM with the memorial service following at 2:00 PM.

Judy's battle with interstitial lung disease over the past two years showcased her strength and resilience in the face of adversity. While she may no longer be physically present with us, Judy's legacy of love, compassion, and dedication will forever remain an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

PEO was very dear to Judy's heart. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Judy to PEO Chapter CO, 2501 Parkway Lane, Weston, WI 54476

We extend our deepest condolences to all those mourning the loss of Judith Leigh Strate. May her soul find eternal rest, and may her spirit continue to guide and inspire us all.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

406 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

406 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403


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