Judy A Rabne
December 22, 1944 – November 13, 2020
On November 13, 2020, Judy Ann (born Johnson) Rabne passed from this world into glory at the age of 75. Judy was born on December 22, 1944 in Akron, OH to Willard and Marie Johnson. Judy married Robert Rabne in 1967, who preceded her in death in 1996. They raised two sons, Michael (deceased) and Mark. Judy is survived by her brothers Dallas Johnson and John Johnson; her sister Jeanne Repp; her son Mark and daughter-in-law Teresa; daughter-in-law Jill; and grandchildren Luke, Lydia, and Joy.
Judy surrendered her life to Jesus Christ at a revival in Indianapolis, Indiana in the mid 1960s. She tried to live her life faithful to Christ and to share His love with people everywhere.
Judy had a lifelong passion for music, majoring in Music Education at Heidelberg College. For nearly 50 years, Judy operated a music studio in her home and taught hundreds of students how to play the piano.
Judy was also a lover of dogs and she fostered 57 golden retrievers through Golden Retrievers In Need (GRIN).
As a ministry, Judy was involved with teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to students and workers from around the world who were in the Akron or Cleveland areas.
Judy fought a nearly five year battle with ovarian cancer, always depending on The Lord in her most difficult hours.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Middleburg Heights at 7393 Pearl Road at 2pm on November 21st. The memorial service will also be live-streamed at http://live.gracecma.org for anyone who would like to attend remotely.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Judy A Rabne
November 21, 2020
A visit to Aunt Judy's house was better than a trip to a toy store or a playground, it was always inspirational. She could interview me, educate me, and entertain me at the same time, and she did so in every small conversation. Her voice was always the voice of intelligence and humor combined, and I related to that intensely, always.
Before her passing we had another one of those, and perhaps the best, conversation of our lives together. Even in those last days she recalled the same thing I did, but she said something I'd always felt and neither of us had spoken. She said, "I remember even as a really young boy I talked to you like an adult and you listened like and responded like any adult."
That said a lot to me about who she was, and I'm sure she had that important and wonderful kinship with so many young people throughout her life. Who she was to me and all the children she befriended respectfully, and taught, and entertained, was irreplaceable and invaluable.
She kept us positive, and kept us alert. I loved her very much. Her voice and her smiles will live in all of our hearts.
November 19, 2020
Judy ministered to me when I was a missionary kid growing up in Zimbabwe, Africa. I was 15 when she sent me my first care package that contained small gifts, a beautiful set of books and candy (comforts from the United States so far away). This began years of letter correspondence between us and she continued to send me so many wonderful, Christian book sets that I could not wait to dig into as a teenage girl overseas. Years later, she played the piano as I marched down the aisle at my wedding and did a beautiful job! Thank you Judy for your kindness! I endeavor to show the same example of Christ to others that you showed to me.