Obituary: Judith J. Fuentes

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July 17, 2022

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Judith J. FuentesBeloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Judith Joyce Fuentes (nee Myszka) of Dolton, IL, passed away on July 17 2022, at the age of 78.

Judy was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul Myszka and Victoria Smith. Growing up, Judy immersed herself in school and language, eventually learning to speak Spanish fluently. She adored Mexican culture, even traveling to Mexico on her own as a young lady. Throughout her life, working brought her joy. Her first job, across from the Marina Towers in Chicago, was no exception. It was in the city that Judy met the love of her life, Oscar Miguel Fuentes (dec. 1984).

As a loving mother of six, Judy prioritized her family and encouraged learning. She was often found attending her children’s baseball and softball games, spelling bees, and concerts. Judy loved music and singing, a love she shared with her family.

Judy was a deeply generous person, even when she did not have much to give. Judy had a giving heart full of love, kindness, and compassion. Throughout her lifetime, she opened her home to many people in their time of need and acted as a mother to more than just her six children.

She was diagnosed with Dementia in 2014 and moved to a long term care facility. The staff and fellow residents found her a pleasure to be around.

She was kind to all. Caring. Playful. Judy loved God; she showed this love with a deep and sincere sense of gratitude, humility, and in loving those around her.

She was preceded in death by her daughters Cecilia and Laura and is survived by her four sons, Oscar (Lisa), Victor (Anne), Diego (Dani), and Francisco and her grandchildren, Danielle (Tony), Joey, Jake, Mikayla and CiCi.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, Illinois. Inurnment will take place at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

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