Judy M. Tarvis

CALUMET – Judy M. Tarvis, 71, of Calumet passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the UP Health System-Portage.

She was born to the late Edwin and Avalon (Curtin) Erkkila of Gay on December 28, 1944, and graduated from Lake Linden High School in 1962.

She married Ralph Tarvis in 1963. The couple had two children together.

Judy worked hard as a waitress at various restaurants throughout the Copper Country.

She enjoyed passing her time playing cards, reading and picking berries. Animals were also a love of hers; dogs, cats, birds, etc. She loved being a mother and grandmother and wintering in Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Jon Ptaszek.

She is survived by her children, James (Sheila) of Loretto and Joey (Shirley) of Ypsilanti; grandchildren, Ryan and Tiffany Milligan, Abbie and Trevor Tarvis; sisters, Nancy (James) Sanderson of Ada, Kathy Ptaszek of Hancock and Bonnie (Hadley) Hartman of Gainesville, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by lifelong friend, Jean Aalto, of Calumet; and her cat, Peanut.

A memorial service will be held this summer in Gay.

The Ryan Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.