Judith Bowe Pew

OBIT ISL-PewWHITE BEAR LAKE, MINN. — Judith Bowe Pew, 80, of White Bear Lake, Minn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends, on June 26, 2015, after a long battle with stomach cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Chicago on Jan. 30, 1935, Judy was the second daughter of Alvin and Marion Bowe and is preceded in death by them and by her sister Susan Adamson.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who adored and celebrated her dear family. Judy is survived by her adored husband of 60 years, Arthur E. Pew III, who was her devoted companion and dearest friend. She is also survived by her four children, Karen (Steve) Matysik, Lindy (Hans) Bucher, Arthur “Chip” (Shari) Pew IV, and Marion “Mari” Pew; 10 grandchildren, William “Will” Matysik, Taylor Matysik, Nicole (Ramiro) De Acevedo Ramos, Kessler (Adrienne) Horty, Julius Bucher, Arthur “A.J.” Pew V, Leland Pew, Alvin Zavadil, Abigail “Abby” Zavadil, and Adeline “Ada” Zavadil; two great-grandchildren, Delfina De Acevedo Ramos, and Desmond Horty, and legions of amazing friends, some of whom were especially close and dear to her.

Judy was full of joy and laughter and would always be the first to tell you how lucky she was to have so much love in her life, so many amazing friends, and so many wonderful organizations and communities for whom she was a devoted supporter. She was the creator and director of White Bear’s beloved Central Follies, a 37 year friend of Bill W., an active proponent of teen sobriety, founder of Garden Patch designs, a contributor to White Bear Center for the Arts, a forever philanthropist for organizations that aided those in need, and an amazing homegrown master gardener. In fact, her love of friends and flowers became her catchphrase: “friends are flowers that brighten your day.”

After winning the hearts and adoration of nearly every person she met with her heartfelt greeting of “darling!” and wonderful Lambie hugs, Judy will be dearly, dearly missed.

Visitation Thursday, July 2 from 4-8 p.m. at Honsa Family Funeral Home, 2460 East County Road E, White Bear Lake, Minn., 55110. Funeral Friday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 4000 Linden St., White Bear Lake, Minn., with additional visitation one hour prior to funeral service. In lieu of flowers, Judy asked that memorials to be made to the White Bear Center for the Arts.


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