OBITUARY

Judith E. Hodes

August 20, 1959December 22, 2020
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Judith Elaine (Schnacke) Hodes passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road in Leawood, KS, with visitation beginning at 9:30 am. Please note that masks and social distancing will be required for those attending. The Mass will also be livestreamed at cureofars.com/funeral.

Judy’s beautiful smile and love of engaging with every person she met made the world a nicer place. Her enthusiastic, positive spirit will be missed dearly.

Judy was born on August 20, 1959 to Austin and Barbara Schnacke in Topeka, KS. She lived almost her entire life in Overland Park, KS where she attended, Katherine Carpenter Elementary (where she was Student Council President), Hillcrest Junior High (drill team, school record in the long jump) and Shawnee Mission West High School where she was active in forensics, Student Council, tennis and was a state champion long jumper for the track team.

Judy moved on to Kansas State University where she made lifelong friends as a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She graduated with a degree in radio and television communications in 1981.

After college she pursued her love of sports and moved to Beaumont, TX working for the Beaumont Golden Gators AA baseball team as Group Sales Director and Advertising Sales and later for the Lamar University athletic department as Promotions Director while also finding time to volunteer as a youth soccer coach.

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis prompted her to return to Overland Park where she continued to utilize her ability to immediately connect with people. In her work for Rural Route Tours as Team Operations Coordinator, The Furst Group as an executive recruiter and ultimately for Unell Associates/Twins Magazine as an account coordinator and marketing director, she succeeded professionally and, of course, in making more lifelong friends. In addition to work, she was active in the Junior League of KCMO and as the volunteer coordinator for the ALS Society’s Music Marketplace.

In 1987 she met Phil Hodes, who would be her partner, supporter and husband to her last breath.

Although the progression of Judy’s MS caused her to leave employment, she remained active in many organizations, including Cure of Ars Catholic Church; Chapter IC of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, of which she was a 40-year member; the MS Achievement Center; the Overland Park Historical Society; and Bible study with the Presbyterian Women’s group at Village Church.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband Phil Hodes, her cherished brother Jerry Schnacke, brothers-in-law Dan (Yoshimi), Steve (Brenda) and Ken (Dawn) Hodes, nieces Lia Schnacke, Liz Hodes and Taylor Hodes, and nephews Spencer, Kevin (Brooke), William, and Nick Hodes. She also leaves behind her beloved golden retriever Navi.

Judy received great assistance in her 35-year battle with MS by the weekly support provided by the MS Achievement Center and would smile down from heaven for contributions made to the Friends of the MS Achievement Center at 3599 Rainbow Blvd MS 3049, Kansas City, KS 66160 or http://www.msachievementcenter.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Nancy Sutherland

January 5, 2021

Phil,
What beautiful pictures of a beautiful life. It’s obvious that Judy was an inspiration to so many people and seeing her smiling face and twinkling eyes in ALL of these pictures sends a message to all of us to press on through the most challenging times with positivity and generosity to others - like Judy always did.
My deepest sympathies to you - you’ve been an amazing best friend and husband to her for so many years. You loved her well and it shows! I’d enjoy talking with you soon and will be watching the service online but wishing I was there in person. With love, Nancy Sutherland

Jill & Jim Miller

January 5, 2021

Sending prayers to you Phil and wishing you the peace from knowing that Judy lived such a full happy life with you. What struck me from all the wonderful photo's is the constant smile on Judy's face! She was and will continue to always be such an inspiration to me as she forever saw the good in life.
We will miss dear sweet Judy forever but will see her again in eternity.
Rest in peace Judy.

Nancy Barnes

January 4, 2021

Phil, we have just learned of Judy's passing, and are so sorry for your loss. The world will very much miss such a kind, gentle soul. Her smile will stay with us always. Ed and Nancy Barnes

Lorraine Brandwein

January 3, 2021

Phil,
I’m sorry for your loss. I worked with Dr. Allen, and her smile was infectious. I’m sending love, hugs and prayers 🙏
Lorraine Brandwein

Dave & Maureen Abrams

December 30, 2020

Judy was an amazing woman. Always upbeat and could recall every detail of past experiences and life. She rarely spoke of herself, but was always interested in the lives of others. She will be greatly missed by all.

Eric Nelson

December 29, 2020

Phil, I'm so sorry to hear about Judy's passing. She was one of the kindest and most genuine people I've ever met. Take comfort in that she has moved on to a heavenly home with a new body - freed of the tribulations of our life here on earth.

Eric Nelson

Dianne Ready

December 29, 2020

Judy was one of my favorite people at the M.S. Achievement Center. She always greeted me with a smile and reached out to hold my hand. Her joyful spirit was contagious. I loved her and will miss her.

Ann Finnigan

December 28, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Judy was a special person. I'm sure you know how thoughtful she was. She always remembered our kids and their kids and wanted the latest. The world has lost a truly good one.

Sandy Fryer

December 28, 2020

I attended the MS Achievement Center with Judy. What a beautiful and kind person she was..always complimenting all of us and checking to be sure we were ok. She was fun as well. I loved chatting with her about the Jayhawks and Chiefs! We will all miss Judy very much.

Jarrod Carver

December 28, 2020

Phil,

I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your Wife. Every time I met her she was always very nice to me. I'm thinking of you during this difficult time and my prayers are with you and your family.

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