Judy J. Smithson Boehle, 77, of Bloomington, died at 6:32 p.m. Friday (March 2, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Jeffrey Stirniman will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
Judy was born April 13, 1940, in Bloomington, to James Edward and Helen Arrowsmith Smithson. They preceded her in death. She married her best friend, Bob Boehle, on Oct. 12, 1986, in Bloomington. He survives. Also surviving are her two children, Kevin (Candace) Boehle, Highland Village, Texas, and Denise Boehle, Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren; two brothers, James (Cathy) Smithson, Forsyth, and Rodney (Carol) Smithson, Bloomington.
Judy graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1958. She attended Illinois State Normal University, graduating with her BS in special education in 1961. She taught special ed at LaGrange High School for several years. She received her master's degree from Southern Illinois in 1967 and began teaching at Illinois State. She obtained her doctorate from ISU in 1980. Judy started and then directed the Office of Disability Concerns at ISU. Judy had the opportunity to take her ISU special ed students to England to practice teaching in a school for young people with disabilities. Life and school in England were very different than here, and she often talked about that experience with anyone who would listen.
Judy retired from ISU in 1999, but went back part time for a year. After her retirement she became an assistant for her husband’s agricultural consulting business. Bob does research for Naturym LLC and Judy became involved and helped with research plots in Illinois and in Ohio. This included traveling around the eastern half of the country as well as the upper Midwest. She loved seeing different places and meeting many farmers and research people.
Judy served on the board of directors for Chestnut Health Systems beginning in the early 1981. She became chair of the board in 1984 and continued to serve until her death. She was involved in many aspects of the activities at Chestnut.
Judy loved cooking and baking. She was always finding new recipes to try, especially for friends and relatives. Many times she would improve the dish above and beyond the original recipe. She liked to bake a leg of lamb for guests, especially for those who had never had lamb.
Judy will be missed by all her family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Health Systems.
Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.