Judy A. Engel, 73, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Mimi, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 18, surrounded by her loving family. Judy grew up in Marienthal, KS, one of four children born to Frank and Tillie Shreck, and attended Wichita Community High School, Judy graduated with a degree in nursing from Marymount College in 1969; while there, she met the love of her life, Michael Engel, on a blind date that evolved into a five-decade partnership. Judy began her career at Watkins Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, KS and later worked as a school nurse at Trailridge Elementary school in Kansas City, O’Loughlin Elementary school in Hays, Kansas, and finally as a nurse circulating through USD489 schools.
Although Judy’s nursing career gave her much joy, it was her three children, Rebecca, Paul, and Lori, and her grandchildren Paxton, Briggs, Matthew, Alana, and Georgia around which her and her husband Mike’s lives centered and flourished.
Judy was a selfless soul, wanting to make sure everyone else’s needs were taken care of before hers. It is this selflessness that defined Judy’s essence, not only through her chosen profession, but also through every life she was able to touch. It was always her goal to make sure that when you were in her presence, you were comfortable. Your comfort was what made her so happy.