Serving Western Wisconsin
Judy Gunderson 09/18/2020

Judy Gunderson 09/18/2020

Judith Arlene Gunderson, 80, of New Richmond, WI, passed away at her home on September 18th, 2020.  Judith was born on July 13th, 1940, to Charles and Helen (Stanwick) Persiko in Eau Claire, WI.  Judy was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI.  She graduated from the Eau Claire High School in 1958.  On January 31st, 1959, Judy married Jerry Gunderson in Eau Claire, WI.  The couple then moved to New Richmond, WI, in 1969, where they worked at New Richmond News, later starting their own printing company, known as Parkway Graphics.  Years later, in 1978, Jerry was involved in a bad traffic accident, and Judy then went to work for Parkwood Composition, now known as St. Croix Press.  Judy took great pride in her work, and was employed with St. Croix Press until retirement in 2000.  Years after Jerry’s accident, Judy met George Evans and they became lifelong companions.  Judy was very active at First Lutheran Church, spent many hours volunteering at the local hospital, and was involved in many card clubs.  She was an avid golfer and bowler, participating in many leagues throughout the years.  Judy love spending time with her family and friends.  She will be remembered as a strong, active, and outgoing woman and she will be greatly missed. 

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helen Persiko; husband, Jerry Gunderson; companion, George Evans; and brother, Dave Persiko.  Judy is survived by her children, Jody Gunderson, Jamie (Greg) Schostek, Jennifer (Tim) Ames; grandchildren, Jessica (Nate LaBelle) Gunderson, Shawn Gunderson, Christine Gunderson, Steven Gunderson, Sarah Casey, Maxamillion Schostek, Cody(Sarah) Schostek, Michael (Kyra) Ames, Mitchell (Katie O’Brien) Ames; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler, and Camille LaBelle, Annabelle and Jenna Murphy, Maci Henshaw, Bennett Gunderson, DJ (Darnell James) Casey, Hayliemay and Amber Turner, Emma and Ryan Schostek, Bentley and Bauer Ames; siblings, Janet (Todd) Edwards, Dick (Gail) Persiko, Sue (Gordy) Gullikson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.  A celebration of Judy’s life was held Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 12 Noon at Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services, 728 S. Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was also held on Saturday from 10am-12 Noon at the funeral home.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Please click here to watch Judy’s Celebration of Life.


  • Carol Richert Posted September 19, 2020 5:47 pm

    She will always be my 2nd Mom. So many wonderful memories I have with Jenny and the family. Hugs and prayers to everyone.

    • Jennifer Ames Posted September 27, 2020 1:47 am

      Thanks Carol

  • Boinne Lundell Posted September 19, 2020 11:29 pm

    I/m so sorry of Judy/s passing. She was a good friend and I will miss her.

    • Jennifer Ames Posted September 27, 2020 1:48 am

      Thanks Bonnie

  • Paul and Bev Ayres Posted September 22, 2020 12:41 am

    Judy was such a vibrant, fun lady. We had an opportunity to join her on two cruises with Jenny and Tim. We were blessed to know her

    • Jennifer Ames Posted September 27, 2020 1:50 am

      Yes so glad she vacationed with us!

  • Cassandra Persiko Buss Posted September 22, 2020 6:16 am

    I loved my Aunt Judy so much – she was fun, funny, vibrant and I loved being around her. May she rest in peace and my God comfort her kids during their loss. Love you all.

    • Jennifer Ames Posted September 27, 2020 1:52 am

      Thanks Cassandra, so glad you were able to make it today!

  • Diane LaPoint Posted September 23, 2020 12:27 pm

    So sorry Sue, my prayers and hugs go out to you and your family.

  • Bernard Peterson Posted September 26, 2020 4:38 pm

    My condolences to the family. Just learned of the memorial, and will not be able to attend. I had the pleasure of sitting close to Judy in high school classes and in homeroom as “Peterson and Persiko” lined up with alphabetical listing, and I did play bridge with her at the Laurel. My wife, Janice (Mathews) Peterson both graduated with her, and we did see her at First Lutheran Church here. I remember her as a class leader, a popular and friendly classmate. She was always an enjoyable encounter over the years. Our sincere sympathy.

    • Jennifer Ames Posted September 27, 2020 1:54 am

      Thank you so much for your memories and kind words!

  • Renee M Iverson Posted September 29, 2020 6:35 pm

    Jody, Jamie, and Jennifer and families,
    I just read about your mom. She played a BIG part of my life–gave me my first job at Parkway Graphics which led to a career in publishing, had fun on bowling teams, and held me when I cried–to just name a few memories I have. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for you all. She was FUN! I remember her wiping her tears because she was laughing so hard.

    • Jenny Ames Posted October 7, 2020 2:42 am

      Thank you Renee!

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *