Judy Laabs-Foss, age 69 of White Bear Lake, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2021. She is survived by her mother, Deloris (Woody) Kojetin; son, Doug (Alex) Wheeler; grandchildren, Caleb, Hannah; siblings, Duane (Elizabeth) Laabs, Monica (Don) Leick, Michael (Cary) Laabs, Janet (Chuck) Oswald; many beloved nieces and nephews and members of the Foss family. She was preceded in death by her father, O’dell Laabs; and husband, Gary Foss.
Born in Dawson, Minnesota, Judy grew up in a variety of places, graduating high school in Stillwater. Educated in the mental health field, Judy channeled her love of people, especially children, into a rich career in child protection and as a school psychologist. Judy’s faith centered her life. She spent many years involved in her church and leadership of Via de Cristo retreats, and relied on her trust in the Lord to guide her through life’s challenges. She looked forward to Heaven, to being welcomed home into the arms of Jesus and to seeing Gary, her dad, and many relatives and friends.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, August 7 at COMMUNITY OF GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4000 Linden Ave, White Bear Lake, with visitation one hour prior. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream broadcast can be viewed below:
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