We Remember

WINDREM, Judith “Judy” Diane Tysdal

February 24, 1943 — April 2, 2022

Peacfully, Judy passed into the arms of the Lord on April 2, 2022, at the age of 79. Judy was much loved by her family and leaves behind her sister and brother Carol Brown and Rod Tysdal; children Stacia Santa Maria and Daniel Gonzales; grandchildren Brandon (Kathy), Travis, Morgan, Ashley, Lindsy, McKenzie, and Rilee; three great-grandchildren Colton, Graydon, and Johnny; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Judy was predeceased by her husband, Ron Windrem, in 2007.

Sharp witted, funny, succinct, hardworking, and a lover of beauty, Judy was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 24, 1943. Though she would live and work in many places in the US, Mexico and Canada, she always treasured her prairie roots. She was a woman of accomplishments from the beginning: valedictorian of her high school class in Santa Ana, California; school newspaper editor; Girl of the Year; and recipient of a scholarship to UCLA.

She was a pioneer throughout her life, pursuing a career while raising a family in the 60s, instrumental in the company-wide initiation of the “Sears” lifetime guarantee, excelling in customer service for So. California Edison, and eventually building and growing successful businesses in Vancouver, BC and Kelowna, BC. As owner of JD Windrem Interiors, Judy received many prestigious design awards, worked with the best developers and raised the bar for quality design in Kelowna.

Judy was known for her work ethic, determination, entrepreneurial spirit and generosity – qualities reflected in her children and grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She had a wonderful fun side and a sense of appropriateness, sometimes bordering on the Victorian – she even knew the proper fork to use. From raising funds for the famous Vancouver Gastown Steam Clock, flying on Air Force One, hosting Sanjay Gandhi in India for the Danish Embassy, to strolling the streets of Paris – her life was never boring. Judy was raised in, and took lifetime comfort and encouragement in, her Faith. Hopefully her new heavenly home meets her high standards and gives her the peace she deserves.

The family would like to give special thanks to all the family and friends who supported and took time to visit Judy, and to the Kelowna Hospice staff for your kindness and care.

A private family scattering of ashes will be held.

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