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Judith Anne Hjelseth

October 24, 1941 February 5, 2019
Judith Anne Hjelseth
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Judith Anne Hjelseth, age 77, passed away on February 5, 2019 while surrounded by her family. Judy was born in Walla Walla, Washington to parents George and Blanche Chesrown of Grant County, ND. She grew up in Spokane, WA and graduated from North Central High School in 1959. Judy then went away to Cascade College in Portland, OR where she met her husband of 40 years, Gordon Hjelseth. Judy worked as an elementary grade teacher for 25 years. She had a Masters degree and nearly completed a doctorate as well. She was passionate about teaching children to read and education. She spoke at numerous conferences on behalf of Scholastic to teach other teachers about the whole language approach. Judy played the piano all her life and loved to sing. She was a member of the Coeur d’ lairs singing group for a time when she and Gordon lived in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Gordon passed away in 2006 and Judy moved to Mukilteo, WA in 2010 to be close to her sister, Sherrill Protzman.

Judy is survived by her brother, Roger; her sister and brother-in-law, Sherrill and Hughes Protzman; and was preceded in death by her brother, Mick.

There will be a memorial service at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’ Alene, ID where she served as a Deaconess. Judy will be laid to rest with her husband Gordon in Spokane, WA at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Memorial Service




3:30 PM 2/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

521 Lakeside Ave
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

First Presbyterian Church
521 Lakeside Ave Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

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Fairmount Cemetery Final Resting Place

West 5200 Wellesley
Spokane, WA 99205

West 5200 Wellesley Spokane 99205 WA
United States

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