Judith Jachim dies in Washington

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Judith Ann was born on April 21, 1944, in Tacoma, Wash., to Alfred Bohlander and Mary Kingery Bohlander. Judy grew up on the Bohlander Farm in Glenham. Judy enjoyed riding horses, caring for animals, playing the piano and singing. Judy graduated from Glenham High School in 1962.

She attended The Methodist-Kahler Nursing School in Rochester, Minn., graduating with her RN degree in 1965.

On June 19, 1965, she married her high school sweetheart, Ken Casey. They began their lives together in Cedarburg, Wis. They welcomed their first child, Scott Kenneth, on June 25, 1966, and then moved to Washington State where they welcomed their second child, Mary Suzann, on March 29, 1969.

Judy worked as a dedicated RN her entire life. She worked at the Buckley Institute; and the ICU and Critical Care Unit at Valley General Hospital for more than 15 years where her exceptional nursing skills and dedication to the sick were just a few of her many assets.

Judy’s first grandchild, Amanda Nicole, was born on Dec. 28, 1985. Judy was thrilled to become a grandmother and cherished her time with her first granddaughter Amanda. After separating with Ken in 1989, Judy decided to make a fresh start for herself, moving to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she continued her nursing career at The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital as a charge nurse.

On Dec. 1, 1990, Judy married William Jachim and started another chapter in her life. She was welcomed by his children; Megan, who was 6 and Jonathan, who was 4.

Judy’s second grandchild, Hailey Suzann, was born on Oct. 14, 1995, and Judy was the first person to hold her after her birth.

Judy continued her nursing career throughout her time in Fairbanks, working briefly for The Denali Center and The Pioneer Home, but soon decided to open up her own Adult Care Facility, Country Estates in 2000.

Judy’s son Scott married Amy Gibson on Nov. 12, 2007, and she again became a grandmother to Reanna Jae Gibson.

Judy enjoyed traveling back to Washington and South Dakota and spending time with her families.

Judy hoped to one day retire back in South Dakota.

On March 27, 2011, Judy suffered a heart attack while at home, causing her to be airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska, where she remained in a coma for several days. Judy’s strong desire for life and devotion to her family awakened her from this deep sleep.

After careful consideration of her health she decided it was in her best interest to return home to Washington State where she continued to gain strength and enjoy quality time with her immediate family. She loved the time she got to spend with her family and especially enjoyed having her grandchildren around her.

Unfortunately, Judy passed away after suffering another heart attack on the morning of Jan. 16, 2012, while at her home in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Judy is survived by her children, Scott (Amy) Casey of Lake Tapps, Wash., and Suzann Casey of Bonney Lake; her husband, William Jachim of Fairbanks, and his children Megan Jachim of Minneapolis, Minn., and Jonathan (Elizabeth) Jachim of Fairbanks; brothers, Robert (Shela) Bohlander of Mobridge, Ben Bohlander of Aberdeen and Joseph Bohlander of Littleton, Colo.; and grandchildren, Amanda, Hailey and Reanna of Washington State.

Public funeral services will be held for Judy this spring in Mobridge, where she will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Congregational Cemetery, located in Glenham, next to her mother and father.

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