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Judith Ann Rosendin
February 4, 1939 — November 24, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our mother Judith Ann Rosendin on November 24, 2020, at Enloe Hospital in Chico, California.  Surrounded by her children, Jeffery, Matt, Mike, and Anne Rosendin, and her niece, Kathleen Solano, Judy made a peaceful transition.
Judy lived a very full life until late August of this year when she was diagnosed with cancer.  With this challenge to face, she moved to Chico to live with Matt, a nurse, and his family, who supported her through her chemotherapy treatments these last few months.
She is survived by her sister, Joanne Wells of Washington; her children, Mat-thew Rosendin and his wife Kimberly of Chico and their children Emma, Grace, and Bretton; Michael Rosendin and his wife Amy of Ripon and their children Derek and Jenna; Anne Louise Rosendin and her partner Nanette Hughes of Castro Valley and their children Brock and Ciaran; Jeffrey Rosendin of Boise, Idaho; and Stephen Rosendin and his wife Deborah of Boise, Idaho and his son Alex.  
Judy was born in Everett, Washington on February 4th, 1939, the daughter of Jeff and Louise Magill, and Frank O’Brien.  She attended Gonzaga University and received her degree in Psychology.  After graduating, Judy worked for two years in Spokane as a child welfare caseworker.  She left Washington in 1962 to meet up with college roommates in California, a state she had never visited.  Continuing her career as a social worker in San Jose, she met her future husband, Hector Louis Rosendin, as well as his young sons, Jeffery and Stephen.  Hector’s large family, the Loyas and Rosendins, welcomed Judy into it, and Hector and Judy were married in 1964.
Hector and Judy’s family grew over the next several years as sons Matthew and Michael and daughter Anne were born.  In spite of a busy and lively family life, Judy obtained her teaching credential from San Jose State University before making a family move to Manteca in 1979.
In Manteca, Judy began working at Saint Anthony’s School as a fourth grade teacher.  Her passion as an educator led her to the roles of vice principal and principal in her twenty-six years at Saint Anthony’s. In the midst of her career, Hector was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and died in 2002. Judy retired in 2005.
In retirement, Judy reclaimed the independence of her youth.  She spent time tutoring students and advocating for children in protective custody.  The Delta Tule Trekkers Walking Club, kayaking with family and friends, and creating mosaics kept her body healthy and her artistic talents satisfied. She treasured the community she found in the Manteca Thai Chi group who gathered at the Senior Center. But her greatest love was travel.  She walked across Ireland, traveled through Europe, frequented Australia, and always returned north to explore and reminisce in the Pacific Northwest.
If we, her children, had to choose one word to describe our mother it would be “easy.” Easy to spend time with.  Easy to please.  Easy to love, admire, adore. The exception: It will not be easy to fill the emptiness we feel with her passing.
In her last days, Judy made it clear that, when it is safe to do so, she would like to have her “party.” We look forward to and plan to honor her request once we can embrace one another and laugh while we celebrate a life well-lived by the woman so many of us are grateful to have known and loved.
Visitation will be open to all from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at P.L. Fry’s Chapel. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Hector at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, 17871 S. Carrolton Road, Escalon, CA. in a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a perpetual science camp scholarship fund in Judy’s name to honor her love of the outdoors and her commitment to helping others, especially children. Donations can be sent to St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Manteca.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020