Judy A. Kalar, age 69, longtime resident of Traverse City, died Friday, March 24, 2017, surrendering to her battle with leukemia. She was surrounded by her family and friends at her home in Traverse City.
Judy was born May 26, 1947 in Lapeer to Alfred and Donna Kalar.
She attended Lapeer High School in Lapeer. She continued her education at Central Michigan University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She then went on to achieve her master's degree at Louisiana State University.
She enjoyed reading, the outdoors, gardening and photography; she enjoyed her family and pets immensely.
Judy was full of love, feelings, emotions and care that could not be expressed in words. She was not only a parent for her children but a friend, helper, guider and a well-wisher. She was the one who brought us up, gave us courage to face the world, confidence to achieve, taught us perseverance, moral ethics and to stand alone. When people talk about a pure love, without any conditions, they spoke of Judy. She will remain with us through eternity.
Judy is survived by her husband, Raymond Haring; daughter, Mary Harris, son, Jim Harris; granddaughters, Grace Iverson and Allison Harris; grandson, Nicholas Harris; siblings, Bethany, Krystal and Becky; and several nieces and nephews whom she adored, Jeanne, Julie, Jeff, Matthew, Michael, Raylene, Ryan and Riley.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, Judy's family has asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015.
Please visit Judy's tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share a memory of Judy with the family.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on  April 2, 2017