Judy also worked closely with several county wide scholarship and social agencies in leadership positions. Judy founded the annual “Eye of the Heart Award” modeled after the athletic Eye of the Tiger Award. The award goes to students who overcome major obstacles in their lives. She was a member of the Kokomo Mayor’s Youth Council.
Always a teacher, Judy extended her love of teaching to her community. She was a member of Russiaville United Methodist Church and Director of Sunday School Education, which included working with the Kids Club and the youth group. She also helped with the church newsletter. She founded and taught ATTIC Sunday School Classes for young adults and grandparents. Their first meetings were held in the old church attic. Judy’s faith in God and her belief in the power of prayer was an example to many around her.
Together, Dennis and Judy founded and ran the Buddy Bags program to ensure that children at Western School left each Friday with enough food for the weekend. They continued to organize and direct the program after they moved to Seattle.
They moved to Seattle to spend time with their grandson, who was born March 15. The last 10 days of their lives were filled with joy!
Dennis and Judy are survived by their daughter, Marilyn Sue Schulte, Indianapolis, (Scott Rice); son, Daniel Martin Schulte; their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte; and newborn grandson, Elias José Schulte, Seattle, Wash.; as well as a son of the heart, Timothy McElfresh (Joseph and Makenzie).
Dennis is survived by his sister, Susan Tanner (Rick); brother, Paul (Sherry), Kokomo; sister-in-law, Kathy, Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy is survived by her brother, Dr. J. Hugh Dwyer (Jo), Philipsburg, Pa., and Kokomo; and sisters, Susan Morton (Steve), Cottonwood, Minn.; Mary Pat Burrous (Sam), Walton, Ruth Dwyer (Dean Spenner), Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Rita Hedges, North Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sarah I. Dwyer.