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Judy LaVine

Judy LaVine, 77, Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on September 13, 2020,
with her family at her side. She was born October 14, 1942, to Harry and Helen
Kaye. Judy grew up in Little Sturgeon on the family farm with her siblings Kenneth
and Edward (Bud) Kaye. At an early age, Judy appreciated the fine arts and
performed dance, tap, baton twirling, cheerleading and played the accordion.
She was an original ”Golden Girl” for the Green Bay Packers and was part of the
Golden Girls induction into the Packer Hall of Fame. After graduating from
Brussels High School, Judy moved to Milwaukee where she was an administrative
assistant for Saab Corporation. In 1961, she married Thomas LaVine and they
started their married life in Milwaukee. Putting her dreams of traveling the world
on hold, Judy began one of her biggest adventures in 1963, by becoming a Mom.
The next big adventure was in 1966 when she and Tom packed up and moved
back to Sturgeon Bay to open LaVine’s Liquor store on the east side of town. The
business grew to include The Wine Cellar and Door County Ice. Judy was an
integral part of the business, running the store, bookkeeping and even packaging
ice products. In addition to being a full time Mom, she juggled all the needs of
the business as well. Judy also worked at Bay Shore Inn and for many years at The
Rushes. Her enduring strength made all these things possible.

Travelling was still in her blood and as the children were growing up there were
trips to Mackinac Island, Florida, the SW region of the U.S. and Mexico. Once the
children were raised, there were many spectacular trips including a week-long
rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, trips to Belgium,
France, Ireland, Austria, Vancouver British Columbia, Florida, New Orleans,
Portland, Oregon, numerous motorcycle trips….and many trips to Hawaii. The
most memorable trip to Hawaii was the family vacation to celebrate their 45th

wedding anniversary. Watching the grandchildren experience the ocean for the
first time was one of the highlights of her life.

Judy volunteered her time to many organizations throughout her life, most
notably Learning in Retirement, Crossroads at Big Creek, the Hospital Auxiliary
and of course any school or sporting events that her children were involved in.
Family meant everything to Judy and it showed in everything she did; she felt her
children and her grandchildren were her greatest accomplishment.

In addition to her husband Tom of 59 years, Judy is survived by her children,
Jackie (Mark) Stiyer, Gina (Bill) Hastings, Tim (Stephanie Schlicht), Todd as well as
her grandchildren Rachel, Darienne and Elijah. She was preceded in death by her
parents; and two brothers.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that you make a donation to a charity of your choice, or better yet
donate your time to a worthy cause. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements and on-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.
jis-ka-pator (until later)

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