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Judy Dabruzzi

29 July, 195012 October, 2021
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Judy (Seibert) Dabruzzi passed away peacefully on October 12, 2021 with family present.

Judy will be deeply missed by her Husband, David; Children, Dr. Danielle Dabruzzi-Hintz (Matt) and Anthony Dabruzzi (Megan); Granddaughter, Victoria Hintz; Siblings, Jean Bednar (James), Martin Seibert (Sybil), Linda Ek (Jim), Lonie Seibert, Debra Mordick (Brad); Sisters-in-law, Debbie Lynch, Linda Holter, Kathy Seibert, Delores Seibert; Many other family members. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Richard and Irene Seibert; Brothers, Jack, Jim, Bob, Rick and Gordy Seibert.

Loving wife, mother, grammy, sister, friend and teacher who truly enjoyed every moment of her life.

Judy grew up on the eastside of St. Paul and was the oldest of 11 children. Judy and David raised their family in Afton. She received her Master’s degree in Education/Curriculum from St. Thomas University. Judy was an ECFE and elementary school teacher for 40 years, spending most of her career as a 2nd grade teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools. After she retired at age 60, she spent her time traveling the world with her husband. She loved to entertain her family and friends at her private island on Pelican Lake in Orr, MN. Judy also enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, fishing, playing cribbage with family and friends, and being with her beloved granddaughter Victoria.

Visitation will begin at 3pm until time of service at 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.WulffWoodburyFuneralHome.com for the Dabruzzi family.

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  • Service of Remembrance

    Tuesday, 19 October , 2021

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Char Franey

19 October 2021

Where to begin?
Judy has been my friend for 50 years. Losing her takes a huge chunk out of my life.
We both taught at the Basilica and South Parks Consolidated Schools often pairing my 6th graders with Judy's 2nd’graders for Reading or Math. Young singles, we partied and traveled together a lot. We tried to portage in the Boundary Waters – Judy, being so much taller, definitely carried the lion’s share! And she even got me to parasail off the beach in Acapulco!
We roomed together, with Bonnie Matthews and Carol Moe, at our “mansion” on Summit Avenue. The four of us enjoyed hosting parties and just everyday life too. Judy was the first to hear and see the resident ghosts who haunted us nightly for most of the time we lived there.
We remained close through the years – calming down quite a bit as we matured. Judy married David and had Danielle and Anthony, bought the house in Afton and Island on Pelican Lake. Judy and David had me watch a slide show of Danielle’s birth. Was that a test I passed to become Danielle’s godmother?!
Always warm and welcoming, Judy included friends and relatives seamlessly into all activities and events. She shared her great friend Mary Gibson with me and together we became “tres amigas”, having lots of fun together throughout the years. David, Gary and Tim gracefully put up with our GOF’s antics and bragging.
Judy was one of the first friends to welcome Tim into the fold – securing her place in his heart forever. We’ve weathered many losses (parents and brothers) and many gains (great memories, gifts, friends and coworkers), always standing together.
Judy’s devotion to her family is everlasting and a fabulous example for all. I am privileged to, so often, partake of family/friend gatherings, corn feeds, Dabruzzi Island trips, card parties and all that goes with having a great, lasting, forever friendship with Judy Dabruzzi.
We love you,
Char and Tim Franey

Jackie Matzke

19 October 2021

To me, Judy will always be "Aunt Judy". I have a lot of memories as a kid of holidays spent with the Dabruzzi's. So much food, stories being shared, and of course presents. I will always remember the piles of Christmas Presents in front of all of us and the proud looks as we all dived into our gifts.

Aunt Judy was always an inspiration to me becoming a teacher. I loved hearing her stories from the classroom and her advice, which she loved to give, about what worked for her. When she retired from teaching, Judy generously gave away books, games, puzzles, and other teaching materials that she had invested in over the years to all of us aspiring teachers. Even after 9 years of teaching for me, Aunt Judy's seeshells still have a prime place in my science center, her books proudly line my bookshelves with the name Dabruzzi written in black pen inside the front cover, and her puzzles are enjoyed by many students each year. Each time I see these items I think of you Aunt Judy and will try to channel your compassion and dedication as a wonderful teacher.

You will be greatly missed Aunt Judy

Linda Ek

19 October 2021

Today we will take time out to celebrate the life of my beloved sister Judy. When we were growing up, she fought being the oldest of what became 11 of us. She was the extra set of hands our Mother often needed. She was the help with homework when my brothers would struggle with lessons. She was the soprano that blended so well with Jeanne and me as we did dishes by the kitchen sink. She was born the teacher, friend, and mother that we all grew to love. We couldn't help it- she gave you strength and guidance when you really needed it. Her door was always open. Her arms were always ready for a much needed hug. I will surely miss those hugs...

My love to all who knew her.
Wynn ( Linda Ek)

Mary Gibson

19 October 2021

It’s not easy putting over fifty years of memories into a few paragraphs, but Judy and I shared it all. I knew when I first met Judy in high school that she was someone special. From fun-filled college roommate days to our Girl’s Only fishing adventures on the island we shared our life journeys as mothers, sisters, spouses, teachers, grandmothers and friends. Judy was also full of surprises. I will never forget the time she cooked our dinner at the island on hot rocks. When we played Screw Your Neighbor (our favorite card game) she just loved to tease Gary.

Judy was not your average friend. She hugged a little tighter, laughed a little louder and cared a little more. She was truly a woman of strength, courage, determination, concern for others, humor and most of all love.

My heart hurts so much at the thought of not having her here with us, but then I think of the words from a book that Judy gave me a few years ago. The book was titled Friends to the End by Bradley Trevor Greive. On the last pages it says... Our friendship is an unspoken, yet binding commitment to help each other live our lives to the fullest. And I just want to say that no matter what happens, you will never be alone because you will always be my friend….ALWAYS.

Judy has shown us all how to live life to the fullest and laugh and have fun. She would want us to do just that.

Love You Always and Forever, My Friend,
Mary Gibson and Gary Huelsman

Marjorie M. DeSantis

18 October 2021

One of the best days was when Judy and Dave moved in next door. We have been blessed getting to know them. Judy will always be my Sister-in - Heart.

It has been a honor to know the Dabruzzi family. We have an angel in heaven watching over us.

Much love,
Joe & Margie

Mike & Connie Wood

18 October 2021

I know everyone has their favorite memories of Judy and we have been blessed to have known her long enough that our list of favorites is long and full. These treasures from Judy are just a small part of her everyday effort to touch someones life and try to make it better without thinking about herself. Our trip to Europe with Dave and Judy reinforced that very fact. Everyday was difficult for her but she refused to let it stop her from enjoying every possible moment. Whenever we did stop, she was the first to smile and say what’s next. The trip of a lifetime she called it.
We’ll miss you Judy.
Mike and Connie

Yvette Nelson

18 October 2021

I was a fellow teacher with Judy at the Basilica of St. Mary. She was the teacher who saw a small boy struggle and helped him find a way through his dyslexia. The small boy grew up to be a commercial pilot; a husband and father. She was the teacher who served her class green eggs and ham one morning. (Yuk! and Yay!!!).
This was typical of her. She knew the art and craft of teaching. She knew the science and art of it.
She was a teacher's teacher, many students' favorite, and a splendid human being. It was an honor to know her, and I mourn her passing.
May her memory be a blessing.

Buddy Gerhardt

17 October 2021

Anthony and family,

Very sorry for your loss! Your loving words about your Mom were very heartfelt and it is clear she leaves behind a wonderful legacy and beautiful family! I'm glad you have a lifetime of memories to cherish!

God's Blessings to you all! Your friend, Buddy

Debbie (Seibert) Mordick

17 October 2021

Our family has had its share of loss . None more or less important than the rest. However it seems to be getting harder and harder to let my siblings go. We have lost so many dear family members. Now with the loss of Judy I am reeling. She really helped hold us together- even when we didn’t know we needed help. She was always ready to party- or host a get together
We have had so many extra occasions to get together! She always had an ear to listen, a shoulder of you needed one , and for sure a hug!
I will miss her so. She has been an important part of my life since day one !
She being the beginning of the line of 11 and me bringing up the tail end. We’ve been close even with the differences in age. I have many great memories and I’m sure you all do to ! We will need those to make the hard days less hard!
Keep us in your prayers! ❤️

Sherri Smith

17 October 2021

Judy was a wonderful lady; glad we had the opportunity to meet her. What a beautiful tribute video; so many wonderful memories. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers. Sherri & Chris

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