Judith Ann Steinhauser

November 22, 1946February 17, 2013
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Judith “Judie” Ann Steinhauser, 66, formerly of Springfield passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Central DuPage Hospital. Judie was born on November 22, 1946 in Eldorado, IL, the daughter of Denzil and Betty (Bratcher) Wilkinson who both preceded her in death. Judie married Jay Steinhauser on August 22, 1970, in Springfield. They shared 30 years of marriage until he preceded her in death in 2000.

Judie was a teacher at the Greenview High School and later worked at the Illinois State Board of Education until she retired in 2010. Her pursuit of knowledge was never ending, and she loved to travel, and loved reading.

Judie is survived by her children; Brad (Elizabeth) Steinhauser, of West Chicago, Grant (Laura) Steinhauser of Denver, CO, Anne (fiancé Jason Perkins) Brewes of Springfield, her grandchildren; Kate Brewes, Evan Steinhauser, Jane Brewes, Madeleine Steinhauser, Aidan Steinhauser, as well as 2 brothers; Gene and Joe Wilkinson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 4-7 pm at Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E Allen St. Springfield, IL 62703.

A funeral service will held on Thursday February 21, 2013, at 10 am, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials in Judie’s name may be made to the Illinois Literacy Foundation, or to the Les Turner ALS foundation. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 21, 2013

Judith Ann Steinhauser

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February 24, 2013

To the Steinhauser family, my condolences to you guys from the five of us Kienzler kids who had your mom and grandmother in English class@ Greenview High, and we hope that one day there will be a cure for ALS so that this won't happen again.

Bill Kienzler

February 24, 2013

To the Steinhauser family, my condolenses to you guys from the five of us Kienzler kids who had your mom and grandmother in English class@ Greenview High, and we hope that one day there will be a cure for ALS so that this won't happen again.

Shelly Schmidt

February 23, 2013

To Judie's family,
I only got to know Judie the last few months of her life, but I could feel from her what I've read in all these tributes. She would greet me every morning with a smile. She was a teacher forever - I learned about dignity and courage from her. Every time I watch Jeopardy, I will think of the times sitting and watching it with Judie. I am very sorry for your loss.

Chris Hunter

February 22, 2013

I served with Judie on the MacMurray College Alumni Board. I always enjoyed working with her and felt she always brought excellent suggestions to the table. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

Ann and Bill Spitler

February 22, 2013

I taught with Judie in Greenview in the early 70's and remember her inspiration and support as I came onboard as a new teacher. She and Jay were great friends during that brief time, but friends we will never forget. Thank you for sharing that beautiful picture of Judie. Her lovely smile has not changed.

February 21, 2013

Your memorial service for your mom has her smiling. It was such a reflection of the witty woman we all knew as our friend and colleague. Blessings to all of the family.

Mary Jo Haven

John and Sara Wolfsmith

February 21, 2013

To All of Judie's Family,
What a lovely online tribute to a special lady. It's wonderful to see all those photos and comments from so many who cared about Judie. She touched a lot of lives and her memory will live on through all of those people. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss and that we cannot be there for her services. Know that you are in our prayers and we send our love. May you take comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your dear Judie. Brad and Elizabeth, we are here if you need anything at all.
Much love to you.

D. H.

February 21, 2013

I worked with Judie for just a few years. She was so kind and understanding when I faced a personal and professional crisis. I don't know what I would have done without her sympathetic, valuable expertise and advice during my serious difficulties. She was an angel when I truly needed one. I know that she is at peace now and deserves the highest rewards in heaven.

February 21, 2013

Dear Brad, Grant and Anne,
Your parents and Ed and I became friends during our MacMurray years. When I pledged Phi Nu, your mother was my "Big Sis" and I still have the engraved pledge paddle she gave me, hanging on my dresser mirror. Your dad and Ed always exchanged the 'crazy' college escapade stories when we would spend time together at our class reunions. I loved Judie's quiet but wry sense of humor and Jay always made us laugh. Both were such good-hearted people and the education world was blessed to have them. At your dad's funeral, as well as afterwards, I admired Judie's calm strength and it was very obvious she was proud of you children. May your precious memories comfort you now and in all the days to come.
Our sincere condolences,
Ed and Ruth Bierman

Brent Baird

February 21, 2013

God Bless, to all the Steinhauser family. Judy will be missed, a very bright and profound person who touched many in education, and throughout her life. Even though I personnally have not been around the family for a while, both of your parents affected my life very positive. Amazing!