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Judy Mulder
April 28, 1955 - September 6, 2019

Judy Mulder, 64, of Mapleton, IA passed away September 6, 2019 at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  A Celebration of Judy’s life will be held in the Mapleton Community Center on Tuesday October 8th from 4:00 until 6:00 PM.   Also, a brief gathering of friends will be held at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein at 10:00 AM on Friday October 11th. Inurnment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

Judy Ann Mulder was born on April 28, 1955 in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of Lou and Betty Lou Mulder.  She attended school in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein Community High School in 1973.  Throughout her childhood, she was involved with the Girl Scouts of America and carried that commitment into adulthood by serving as a Girl Scout Counselor for many years.

Judy loved to teach and earned an AA Degree in early childhood education from Marymount College in Boca Raton, Florida, and a BA in early childhood multi-categorical special needs education from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

She began her teaching career in the Maple Valley School System and taught there for thirty years until her retirement.  During her tenure at Maple Valley, she earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD in early childhood special needs education.  It took Judy five years to attain her graduate degree, taking one class at a time, and driving ninety miles to and from Vermillion after her normal teaching days ended.

Judy often worked with parents who could not afford to purchase teaching materials for their special children so, at her own expense, she invented literally thousands of games and activities for her students and gave them away to parents free of charge.

She was a wonderful advocate for animal rescue and adoption, the Mapleton Fisher-Whiting Library and many local civic organizations.

Judy triumphed over neurofibromatosis and never complained about her condition.  She had a profound Christian faith and took solace in the Lord.  She was a long time member of the United Methodist Women, and a tireless worker in her church.

Judy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, David and Maureen Mulder, her niece, Cindy Mulder Day, her nephew, Mark Mulder, grand nephews, Blake and Cooper Mulder, many wonderful friends and the hundreds of children to whom she gave her time, her encouragement and her love during her life.


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Mary Ricchio Bruns on October 14, 2019 at 7:01 PM said:

sad to hear of Judy's passing ,we ran into each other over here in western Iowa ,talked about school and growing up many memories,,she was the kindest person ,enjoyed talking about the old days ,,may you rest in peace Judy .
Janie (Paschal) Stevens on September 26, 2019 at 5:55 AM said:

My sympathies to her family for this loss. Judy was a wonderful person and friend, we had some really good times in Girl Scouts together, and hanging out in high school. I'm glad to hear she went on to be so accomplished and continue in her giving way and helping children.
Jean Kemmerer Rechkemmer on September 25, 2019 at 6:50 PM said:

Judy was a very good friend of mine. We spent a lot of times together when we were kids. We created our own Monkees music group fan club. We made shrinky dink flowers and tried to sell them, key word (tried) ha! Ha! Our favorite treat at her house was Pepsi and potato chips. She also had a love for her special cat that slept in a beautiful bowl in the dining room. We spent hours laughing and she new exactly how to have a good time. We also spent hours talking on the phone as teenage girls often did.We also went all the way through the Girl Scout program together with several other girls. I think of all these memories and it was truly a joy to have known her and her wonderful parents. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be greatly missed by all.
Faye Lillibridge Neumeyer on September 21, 2019 at 3:55 PM said:

I know Judy when we play together in old neighborhood way back when.I am sorry for your loss.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on September 20, 2019 at 9:44 AM said:

Deepest sympathy to David and all the Mulder Family,Judy was my next door neighbor friend growing up on 1st ave in Oelwein,Iowa.We had so many good times and she went on to do wonderful things with her life,her Family has a lot to be proud of.
Judi Follmer Meyer on September 20, 2019 at 4:30 AM said:

Judy was a high school classmate of mine in Oelwein. She was a kind person to all. Rest In peace, Judy.
Diann & Dana Smith on September 19, 2019 at 3:23 PM said:

I graduated with Judy but got to know her more when we would go boating on Lake Oelwein and she and her Dad would walk over and visit with us. She did so much for others that was unbelievable. May she rest in peace.
Diann & Dana Smith on September 19, 2019 at 3:10 PM said:

I graduated with Judy but got to know her more when we would go boating on Lake Oelwein and she and her Dad would walk over and visit with us. She did so much for others that was unbelievable. May she rest in peace.
Mary Knight on September 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM said:

I lived in Oelwein, back in the 50's, when her dad was in the automobile business - then I moved away. I never knew Judy, but am so impressed with all of her accomplishments in her life! Her dedication, and giving spirit, are rarely seen today. May God bless her soul and hold her gently in the palm of His hand. My sympathy to her family and all her friends.

Mary Anne Knight
Suzette Foster on September 19, 2019 at 12:34 PM said:

I enjoyed speaking with Judy several years ago when Lou would bring her out to Hickory Grove. It was always a pleasure to speak to her about her accomplishments.
Healing prayers to all ~

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