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Judy Stinson

July 30, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

MOHAWK - Judy Stinson, 73, of Mohawk and formerly of Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her daughter's home in Crystal Lake, Ill., surrounded by her family.

Judith Kathleen Marie was born April 9, 1939, on the Karna Farm in Fulton, a daughter of Arthur and Elina (Haapala) Kivela. She attended local schools and Calumet High School until 1957 when she and her family moved to Chicago. She then graduated from Lakeview High School in Chicago with the Class of 1958. Judy then attended the Chicago Art Institute.

In 1960, Judy married Robert Stinson Sr. They raised four children and lived in Chicago, Lake Zurich, Ill., and Round Lake, Ill.

Judy made her career as an executive secretary for Quaker Oats, Elgin Clock Co., and the Illinois State Department of Health, retiring in 2000.

Judy was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk. For the last 10 years, she had been involved with many local artist's groups and the Calumet Theatre. She was a long-time artist specializing in oil painting. She enjoyed travel and many adventures with her long-time friend, Dennis Tomlinson of Kenosha, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert Stinson, Jr.; her step-father, William Maata; and a step-brother, William Maatta, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, Andrew (Emilie) Stinson of Pinckney, Mich., and Dr. William (Karen) Stinson of Crystal Lake, Ill.; one daughter, Susan (Thomas) Treanor of Crystal Lake, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk with Pastor Tim Johnston officiating.

Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Erickson-Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet and one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



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