Judith Hickman Anderson (nee Pahanish), age 101, beloved wife of Robert Burton Hickman (deceased); LeRoy Carl Anderson (deceased); loving mother to Daniel (Linda) Hickman, Kathleen (Michael) Reese (nee Hickman) (deceased) and Robert (Luanne) Hickman; loving grandmother to Jill (Ronald) Lauesen (nee Hickman), Andrew (Treasure) Hickman, Paul (Jennifer) Hickman, Sean (Idalia) Reese, Patrick (Kimberly) Reese, Ryan (Abbey Jean) Hickman, Benjamin Hickman, Sarah (Jacob) Elliott (nee Hickman), Mary Kathleen Hickman (deceased); and loving great-grandmother to Michael (Zac) and Daniel Backus, Chance, Cooper and Tanner Hickman, Eleanore Hickman, Alexandra Reese, Theodora (Teddy) Reese, Teagan and Piper Reese and Evan and Bryn Hickman.
Judith was the youngest of eight children (George -born in Europe and remained), Mike, Ann, Mary, Theodore (Frank), Andrew and Helen) from Washington County, Pennsylvania. She relocated to Chicago with her sister Helen in the late 1930’s and met and married her husband Robert prior to World War II while employed at the Bismarck Hotel. Her husband Robert passed away in 1968, at the age of 53. Judy subsequently met and married LeRoy Anderson in 1970. LeRoy introduced her to sail boating and skiing and she continued to fish and golf - the activities her first husband, Bob, introduced to her.
In spite of suffering tragic losses throughout her life; including her mother’s death at the age of 3, Bob’s untimely and sudden passing when he was 53, the death of her beloved daughter Kathleen at 33 and losing her cherished granddaughter Mary at the age of 12; Judy lived a long and full life. She found solace and pleasure in her family, her friends and hobbies.
She was a devoted Catholic, homemaker-fond of sewing, gardening and, of course, cooking.
Judy’s sugar cookies, fudge, toffee, éclairs, angel food pie and coconut cakes were everyone’s favorites. Her canned jellies (especially strawberry and grape), pickled beets and bread n’ butter pickles were awesome! She prepared many of her family’s “Heritage” recipes from memory - cabbage, onions and scratch dumplings (Haluski) was a Hungarian family favorite.
The final 5 years of Judith’s life were spent at Glenview Terrace enjoying her days with the residents and staff (especially nurse Linda). She always seemed to enjoy the activities and conversations she participated in daily. Her meals always began by eating dessert first.
May she forever Rest in Peace!
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Misericordia in honor of Mary Hickman.
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