Born to Victor and Emma Turek on September 3,1947, as Judith Ann Turek in Norfolk, Nebraska. The family first moved to California when she was a child but then moved to Princeton, Minnesota, when Judy was a teen. Judy married Carl Nelson and had two children, Karla and Shayne, and then remarried Levi Wilcox and had twin boys, Jered and Justin (Justin tragically died during birth).
Judy was a hard working go getter. She worked her way up to manager at the Criterion in St. Paul until she started her own business, Judy’s Central Bar in NE Minneapolis. She then purchased Willow Point Resort in Forest Lake in 1983 where she enjoyed the lake life and was very successful. All of Judy’s kids have worked alongside Mom at some point in her 20 years at “Willow,” which was known for its lakeside location, fine dining and fun parties. Judy was a vibrant, gregarious, life of the party woman who always went the extra mile to make sure everyone was having a good time.
Judy retired and moved to Melbourne, Florida, where she met Phil Malecki. They enjoyed time together and partying with friends, especially at Mugg’s, until Phil passed in 2012.
Judy lived alone until her health starting declining. Her wonderful neighbors helped her, and then her children alternated taking care of her until her son Jered and daughter-in-law Amber made the selfless decision to move to Florida to care for Judy full time. The last year of Judy’s life was spent being loved on and cared for by them until the last day. She was home.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Emma Turek, her brother Tim Turek, her sister Priscilla Kuhn, and her son Justin Wilcox.
She is survived by her children, Karla Nelson Wolf of Clear Lake, MN; Shayne Nelson of St. Paul, MN; and Jered (Amber) Wilcox of Bradenton, FL; her Sister Lorraine (Jerry) of Colusa, CA; her grandchildren: Kaja, Steffen, Nicolaj, Christian, Joel and Skyler; and two great-grandchildren: Heimdal and Eigil.
Judy will be remembered for her fun spirit, living her life with no regrets, and being the life of the party wherever she went. She will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life Party will be held for her at Jack and Jim’s in Duelm, MN Friday the 15th of October at 3pm.
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