Judi Sopher

Judi Sopher,

Judi Sopher, age 74, formerly of Friendship, WI, unexpectedly passed away on August 24th at University Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She had developed DIC, a rare blood disorder caused by infection, and/or inflammation, and/or cancer. DIC is a serious condition that causes problems with blood clotting and internal bleeding that is hard to control.

Judi was born on September 17, 1948, to Ray and Isabel (Conner) Sopher in Streator, Illinois. In 1965, the family moved to Friendship (Quincy Township) where she graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1966. She and her family thoroughly enjoyed living on beautiful Castle Rock Lake.

After graduation, she and a friend, Char (Lamprecht) Trzesniak, were roommates in WI Rapids while they attended Mid-State Technical College. Then she worked in the office at Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative until her sister/best friend Marti graduated from high school (1969) so they could be roommates while they attended UW-LaCrosse. Then the two of them moved to the Madison area to work, with the exception of them working in Dallas, TX for one year. Judi began her career at the State Crime Lab, then worked for Nursing at UW Hospital, then WI Lottery, and then WI Financial Institutions. After she retired from State of WI and UW service, she managed apartments for independent seniors for 13 years. All the experience she had with renters, building and grounds, and facilities maintenance and repairs from working at her parents’ resort, Sopher’s Resort (now Water’s Edge) on Castle Rock Lake served her well.

Judi and Marti were very close sisters and enjoyed 72 years of a very close, loving friendship together as well. They chose to live only a few apartments away from each other so they could spend their free time together, never tiring of each other’s company. Judi’s laughter and smile were a daily delight. She will be deeply, deeply missed.

Judi was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Isabel (Conner) Sopher. She is survived by her brother Terry Sopher (Harriet) of Virginia, and Marti of Madison, WI, and her nephew Christopher Sopher and his spouse Lauren Fernandez and their son, Santiago Fernandez Sopher of Miami, FL. She is also survived by her sweet goddaughters, Becky Williams Spindler (Sean) and Carla Williams, also of  Madison and many dear friends, as well as her beloved cockatiel, Lucky, who was adopted by our vet tech Julie/Paws Away Pet Sitting. Judi loved people and animals and enjoyed sharing stories of her diverse life experiences. Her family and friends loved and treasured Judi for who she was. Her brother loved her calm demeanor even in crises, her keen wit, and her awesome sense of humor. She was one of the most loving people you could ever meet. As her godchild put it, there was no work involved in appreciating Judi — she presented herself to the world, a beautiful, outgoing, intelligent, creative, kind and caring individual.

A celebration of her life will be held 2pm-4pm at the scenic Moundview Golf Course Country Club, 1930 14th Ct, in our home town of Friendship, WI, not far from the beautiful Castle Rock Lake where we grew up, on Sunday, October 1st . If unable to attend, please feel free to email msoph732@gmail.com to share how you celebrated her life.

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  1. Stacey Lecas says:

    Dear Marti and family we send you our condolences and blessings for peace during this hard time Judy was a great person and we all had fun on Castle Rock with your family and mine I send you our deepest sympathy and Love from the Schultz and Lecas family sincerely Stacey Lecas and please get ahold of me . 715 540 0103

  2. Terry Barthel says:

    Judi and I were good friends in high school sorry to hear of her passing, she lived a full and interesting life. Rest In Peace Judi we will all miss you.

  3. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    Peace and comfort to the Sopher families. Judi was a very kind snd special person ❤️. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. Mary & Ross Moore says:

    Ross & I send our sincerest condolences to Judi’s family on their loss. Cherish all the good memories.

  5. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    So sorry for the loss of you sister..Judy. She was a special gal!!!

  6. Corky Sopher says:

    I’ll miss our telepathic happenings. How we thought and dreamed so much alike can only be it was in our blood as cousins. Our lives took us on different paths but we all found one another. I’m here for you Marti and I’m so sorry. Love you.

  7. Seph Stringer says:

    My condolences. May peace find Judi and those who loved her.

  8. Peggy Chilewski Sleeman says:

    So sorry for your loss of Judi. Another classmate gone to soon. RIP Judi.

  9. Patty Subera says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember so many good times visiting that cabin. Always fun and never boring. May good memories flow back to you in these hard days. Patty Subera

  10. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your families lost

  11. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    Marti, Terry and family, so sorry to hear of Judi’s passing. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  12. Susan Moran says:

    Sorry for your loss. RIP Judi!

  13. Gerald Murphy says:

    Marti so very sorry about Judi may she rest in peace.