Dorothy Judge was a kind and compassionate woman who loved everyone she met, said her granddaughter, Rachel Zecevich.
“She loved everyone she met, and treated everyone the same,” she said. “It’s rare to find someone as compassionate as she was. She was special.”
Dorothy Judge, 95, of Valparaiso and formerly of Gary, died Nov. 22. She was a member of Valley Baptist Church of Valparaiso.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Judge.
Zecevich said she was exceptionally close with her grandmother, and admired the way she was always a peacemaker.
“She didn’t just patch things up, she made them right,” she said. “She wasn’t a peacekeeper, she was a peacemaker. She just didn’t want to make people happy, she wanted to do things the way the Lord would want them.”
She was devout in her faith, and enjoyed making religious tracts to hand out to friends and family, or leave out in public where people could find them.
“She wanted people to know there was more to life,” she said. “She was raised in the church and clung to her belief in the gospel and the Lord.”
Zecevich said her grandmother loved to people-watch, and taught her how to observe people’s habits and patterns. She loved to travel, and went to Florida every winter to be around the sunshine and the people there.
“She loved to be outside in her garden,” she said.
She loved her family and being around her children and grandchildren.
Judge also was passionate about helping others, and had worked at the Gary Rescue Mission.
“She had a big heart,” her granddaughter said. “She never thought about herself. She only thought about those around her."