JUDY H. LIFFENGREN
Judy H. (Mrs. Norman) Liffengren, age 68, of Faribault died on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Thursday.
Judy H., the daughter of Harvey and Helen (Kyser) Roberts was born on September 30, 1943 in Plainview. She graduated from Kennebec High School in 1962 in Kennebec, SD. She married Norman R. Liffengren on June 16, 1962 in Kennebec, SD. Judy was an active and gracious presence in the health care industry. She championed for the creation of Family Councils in nursing homes across the country. Judy's goal was to advocate for all families and patientsí rights. Judy worked diligently to ensure all families concerns were heard and addressed. She was an ombudsman who enjoyed her time at Infinia of Faribault Nursing Home. Her work was recognized by many at the state capital, including senators and congressmen.
She is survived by her husband, Norman; two children, Dennis (and Brenda) Liffengren of Faribault and Sara (and Oneil) Ellis of St. Louis Park; two grandsons, Samuel Liffengren and Jordan Ellis; three siblings, Lawrence (and Nettie) Roberts of Norfolk, VA, Jim (and Bonnie) Roberts of International Falls and Mary (and Harold) Kreager of Kennebec, SD; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; twin children, Julie and Jimmy; five siblings, Susan McKee, Mavis Byrd, Vera Blakley, John Roberts and Sharon Deuschle.
Name: Sara Ellis (Daughter)
Date: Saturday August 31, 2013
Well everyone. We are approaching one year tomorrow. It was the worst day of my life and still is difficult on a daily basis. I am reminded how much my mom was loved, appreciated, and supported. She definitely provided me with her strength and wisdom. I ask that we all remember my mom as the fun loving really hones person that she was. She had wisdom and life always. Everyone went to her for help and she was the first to assist without the promise of getting aything back. She rarely expected anything in return, but only wanted the best for you. All the females know in our family the only way to laugh is to laugh so hard you cried and then you do it all over again. My mom provided laughter, good humor, and solid ground for endless people. We miss her each and every day. Remember mom for her garden, flowers, cucumbers, tomatoes, canning, and her refrigerator pickles. Not to mention her endless supplies of brownies and goodies. Did I mention the Hershey bars in the fridge for her two grandsons...always she had them, and somehow she was never out! I love when she put her head out the window of the van when i was a kid, going down I-90 in South Dakota. She was looking to see what was making this crazy noise. Well it was blizzarding out and Dad could hardly see the road. And it ws likely ice. But no mom had to put her out the window and it sucked her glasses right off her face!!! Dad had to stop, back down the highway in a blizzard and we never did find them! Now that is a great story! Just like a Roberts girl! : ) My heart breaks thinking of my mom but I know she is right here to keep pushing us all towards greater things! To my mom, one the greatest woman I have ever known.
Name: Sandeep Newbauer
Date: Friday June 21, 2013
Judy was commemorated on Monday, June17,2013 in Duluth at the Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care Volunteer Recognition event and banquet at the Age and Disability Odyssey conference. Sandee Newbauer honored Judy's service and dedication as an ombudsman volunteer and Iris Freeman honored her with a beautiful tribute and pictures from her years of service to family councils and nursing home reform. Iris noted Judy's humbleness in working on behalf of nursing home residents without thought of personal gain but rather because the job needed to get done. A true giving spirit. We miss her!
Name: K.C. and Charlene Christensen
Date: Saturday September 08, 2012
K.C. has always had lots of stories to tell about Judy and about how she was lots of help to his mom. K.C.'s mom thought the world of Judy for helping out on the ranch south of Kennebec. We were glad to see her when we came through Faribault a couple of years ago. We also got to see her last year at the Kennebec School reunion. We had always hoped that she and Norman would come to visit us in Alaska. Our prayers and best wishes are with your family at this time. The invitation to Judy's family to come and visit us in Alaska is still open. I know that Judy will be missed by the many folks who loved her and all of the many people she helped while she was on this Earth.
Name: Bob McKee
Date: Tuesday September 04, 2012
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Norm, Dennis and Sara and their extended families. It seems the last few years and months bad happenings have ravaged the Roberts family and all the good people in it. It just seems sometimes certain people are plagued by unfortunate happenings. I remember Judy as that cute high school girl whom went "flagging" for uncle Harold and his crop dusting plane. Judy was good at doing that as she was at everything that she did. She was always upbeat and always the first to help anyone whom needed it. I know I will miss Judy and her bright smile and know the world was made a better place because of her.