Judy A. Yoder, 76, of Lodi, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018 following a traffic accident, near Seville. She was born November 20, 1941 in Cleveland, to Joseph and Helen (Kimmel) Havel. Her family lived in Euclid before moving to New Jersey and later to Hollywood, California, where she graduated from Hollywood High School in 1959, having been schoolmates with Ricky Nelson.
Following graduation, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked as a secretary for Liberty Mutual Insurance. Her family relocated to Chatham in 1967 and she began working at Friction Products in Medina. On December 24, 1972 she married Owen Yoder at Lodi United Methodist Church. She continued her secretarial work at Westfield Companies and later at Cloverleaf High School, as well as helping Owen operate the Western Auto store in Lodi. Judy was always willing to help anyone in need.
In addition to her husband Owen, she is survived by her son, Eric Nelson (Darlene) Yoder of Chicago; grandsons, Stone Nelson Yoder and Phoenix Nelson Yoder; sister, Barbara Abeel of Seville; twin sister, Janet Marie Bruffy of Louisville, Ohio and her service dog, "Bo"
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M., at Parker Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi (330-948-1122). A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11 A.M. at the funeral home. The Reverend Diane Bell will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pets for Vets, P.O. Box 10860, Wilmington, NC 28404, or go to petsforvets.com.
Online condolences may be shared at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com