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Judith Kay (Beardin) Hanson

July 10, 2020 | 12 comments

The Lord welcomed Judith Kay (Beardin) Hanson into His arms on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Judy passed away peacefully in her home in Onalaska, Wisconsin with family by her side after a nearly three-year journey with lung cancer.

Judy was born to parents Al and Ethel Beardin on September 19, 1949 in Rochelle, Illinois, the middle child of three siblings. She graduated from Rochelle High School in 1967 and later attended Kishwaukee College. Judy married the love of her life, Harold Riley Hanson, Jr., better known as “Butch,” on October 3, 1970. Judy was the proud mother of two daughters and one step-daughter. She worked as a beautician in Rochelle, Illinois, and worked at Heileman’s and CenturyLink in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before retiring at the age of 62.

Judy is survived by her husband, Butch; two daughters, Hope Rachel (Robert) Burchell, Kimberly (Randy) Strangstalien; step-daughter, Dawn (Edwin) Fernandez; grandchildren, Graham (Molly Bean McKeel) Hanson, Chamara (Ken) Cook, Julian (Taija Moses) Finch, Tanner Burchell, Meredith Eitland, Dawson Burchell, Hannah Eitland, and Holly Eitland; six great-grandchildren, Remy, Kameron, Noah, Nolan, Koraleigh, and Nathaniel. She is further survived by her sisters, Lois Gunning, Nancy (Mike) Gall; step-sister, Karen (George) Burkhart; and several nieces and nephews. Her loved ones will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Tjark Kruse; grandmother, Lois Kruse; and parents, Al and Ethel Beardin.

Judy had such great love for her children, grandchildren and her “greats,” always seeing the best in them. This also flowed to nephews and nieces, a beautiful gift to them. Judy was well-loved by all who knew her. She always provided support and love for her family. She would proudly boast about all of her grandchildren and their families. She would often say to those she loved, “I love you to the moon and back.” Judy’s interests included reading, sewing, cooking, painting, and spending time with family and friends. A native of Illinois, Judy was a proud Bears fan. Judy was a strong woman, and through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. Her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through her illness. Her tidbits of wisdom will be missed.

A private family funeral service will be held. Family and friends are invited to Hope’s house at W6651 Sunset Drive, Onalaska, WI, for a celebration of Judy’s life beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 19th. The family respectfully requests that anyone attending the celebration of life practice social distancing.

The family would like to thank friends, neighbors and everyone who showed kindness through words or actions, during the past few difficult months that Judy was in hospice. Also, a special thanks to the staff in Oncology and Hospice at Mayo Clinic Health System for their compassion. The Coulee Region Cremation Group, Onalaska, is assisting the family with arrangements.





  1. Dawn Fernandez

    I will always miss you and I will always love you forever! When I think of the most loving and thoughtful person there is, I see your face. I know you will do good things in heaven and you will make everyone feel as special there, as you’ve made us feel here.

    My love and heart goes out to Rachel, Kim, Dad, my Nieces and Nephews and all the family.

  2. Jesse Nelson

    I will always have fond memories of Miss Judy. Rest in Peace, you will be missed.

    • Karen Yeske

      RIP Judy. May God watch over your loved ones and get them thru your loss with the wonderful memories you all have shared.

  3. Kristine Cowan

    What a beautiful picture. She was a beautiful person inside & out. I’ll miss her laughter, that crinkle in her eyes, her witty sense of humor & the way she made me feel special every time I spoke with her. I’ll miss my “2nd mom.” I love you guys.

  4. Neil & Ann Andersen

    Sending our deepest condolences to all of Judy’s family! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  5. Roy Van Riper

    Butch & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I know Judy will be missed so much. She was a rock for the whole family whenever needed she would be there. I’m sorry we haven’t been as close lately but with so much turmoil in my life we did get to share words over lunch when we saw each other. Butch I just want you to remember I’m here if you ever want or need anything. Even just a phone call with someone who’s been there. Always remember Judy is pain free and surrounded by love of her other family & friends who have left before her. May the lord bring you as much comfort as possible during all the grief. Again so sorry to hear this.

  6. Kristine Hanson

    Judy, you were the sister I never had. You will be missed. Love and gentle hugs to all your family. I loved talking with you about books and your support of Renee as a new author was much appreciated. God Bless.

  7. Kathy Furman-Wilhelms

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

  8. Judy (Horton) Hatfield

    My thoughts and prayers for peace go out to Judy’s family. So glad I got to reconnect with her at our 50th class reunion. She was a good friend in our school years. So sorry for your loss. 😥🙏💜

  9. Joyce Bearrows

    Butch and family, sorry to hear of Judy passing. She was a great lady, i know she loved her family very much. There will be no more lung cancer or any pain for Judy. God please keep Judy’s family in the comfort of your arms, give them peace to know she is in Heaven with you Lord. Love Joyce Bearrows and Connie (Dale was Judy’s cousin and my late husband)

  10. Sharon Squires

    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. Judy was a spunky woman. You knew where she stood on most any subject. We worked together at Centurylink and stayed connected through facebook. We shared something………we shared cancer. It’s not an easy battle………..it’s a war!!! However, every day past the day you are told you have cancer is a blessing!! I know she cherished every last day. Blessings in the name of father and savior!!!! May she be safely in the hands of God in the days ahead. My love follows her to the heavenly angels above.

  11. BREnda pagel

    My thoughts and prayers are with her immediate family and all her coworkers. She was the kindest and sweetest person that I had the privilege to have known and worked with. Although I live in Louisiana and she lived in Wisconsin, I still feel that I’ve known her for years and I guess working for Centurylink for 23 years I guess that really is like family to me. My heart is really sadden but the lord has taken Judy into his arms and wrapped her tightly and he will take care of Judy. He will provide the comfort her family needs to get this this time. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be truly missed.


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