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Julia K. “Judy” Donegan

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Service: 2:30pm Mon. January 10th, 2022
Location: St. Teresa Catholic Church

Donegan, Julia K. “Judy”, 80 of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. She was born in Springfield on August 21, 1941 the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Fahy) Capen. She graduated from Saint Xavier University, BSN and Wright State University, MSN. She worked side by side with her husband at Limestone Health Care Center, serving the Springfield Community until 1988. She taught at the Community Hospital School of Nursing, Urbana University and Ohio State University educating thousands of student nurses. In 2019, she was a nominee for Ohio Nurse of the year. She was a dedicated nurse for over 60 years, member of Sigma Theta Tau and Box 27. Survivors include her five children, Robert (Amy) Donegan, Teresa (Shawn) O’Brien, Kerry (Lawrence) Henry, Susan (Jason) Magyar and Kelly (Anthony) Sutch; 15 grandchildren, Megan, Ryan, Julia, Patrick (Bridget), Kolin (Christian), Connor (Katie), Brennan, Casey, Aiden, Brady, Dylan, Lauren, Lily, Timothy and Charlotte and three great grandchildren, Evelyn, Quinn and Jack. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. William Donegan and her second husband, Timothy Melfi. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday in CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in St. Teresa Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation to a Scholarship Fund for nursing students in Judy’s name to the National Bank of St. Anne, P.O. Box 380, St. Anne, Illinois 60964.
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I met Judy when we sat next to each other by flying to Arizona several years ago. We started a conversation and I asked her where she lived. Dublin she replied. I said I lived in Dublin. Where in Dublin I asked? She responded by saying Muirfield Village. Oh I said. Where in Muirfield Village? Judy answered Glenbarr Place. I remember laughing and said I live in Glenbarr Place. She looked at me like all of the sudden she knew I looked familiar. In the December issue of Village Living Magazine I was on the front cover. Judy had put the magazine on her to read list when she returned from her trip. And that’s how we began our friendship. I also learned that my neighbor Liz Delatore Who I just became friends with had helped Judy when she had fallen in her apartment and heard her yelling for help. We were all destined to meet and became friends in our Neighborhood. Judy introduced Liz to OSU nursing and Liz just became an RN. I saw Judy before she was leaving for Arizona and she was very excited to be staying for several months. I was happy to have seen her before her trip I was shocked and saddened when Liz told me the horrific news. I will miss Judy and her extraordinary energy and positive attitude. We shared many stories about our family and extraordinary grandchildren. I will miss running into her on our walks. I will miss knowing that even though we only knew each others for three years, our friendship was really a lifetime. To Judy’s family I send warmth and sunshine. I know that she was one of a kind. Brenda Kroos - 6088 Glenbarr Place

- Brenda Kroos, Saturday January 15th, 2022

I met Judy when she was teaching clinicals at the Birthing Center, and I was there working as a nurse. Little did I know that our youngest children would meet, get married, and we would share 4 grandchildren together. Because of Judy I went on to get my BSN and teach clinical nursing myself. I will always be grateful to have met Judy and to have had her in our lives. She will be our guardian angel and her spirit will live on.

- Vicky Sutch , Thursday January 13th, 2022

I met Judy when she was teaching clinicals at the Birthing Center, and I was there working as a nurse. Little did I know that our youngest children would meet, get married, and we would share 4 grandchildren together. Because of Judy I went on to get my BSN and teach clinical nursing myself. I will always be grateful to have met Judy and to have had her in our lives. She will be our guardian angel and her spirit will live on.

- Vicky Sutch , Thursday January 13th, 2022

I'm sorry for your loss. Judy's favorite nail polish was OPI's Nomad's Dream - a warm color with a sparkle in it. We had several years of conversations over the nail table. Judy brought others to a place of their belonging, spiritually, and professionally. Because of her, I went to college. Because of her, the world was just a better place to be in. Enjoy the treasures of Heaven Judy. May God bring peace and comfort to your beloved family and friends.

- Debbie Allen, Tuesday January 11th, 2022

Condolences to the entire family of kids, grandkids, and friends on your loss. From reading messages here, Judy seemed like such a wonderful person and touched so many in positive ways. May family and friends continue to cherish and honor Judy's memories.

- Samir Bagga, Monday January 10th, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve during this difficult time.

- Amy Rash, Monday January 10th, 2022

Judy was an amazing person and left a wonderful legacy - a modern woman ahead of her time with a lifelong professional career, educator, wife - all while being a mother and raising five children. As a family friend, she was always kind and generous - so many great memories! Peace and comfort to Bob, Amy and the entire family

- Steve Nourse, Monday January 10th, 2022

Judy was the best thing that ever happened to me and my family. She made me the the nurse I am today. She gave me the means to raise my 5 children and care for my disabled husband. She helped us get our own home by sponsoring us through Habitat for Humanity. I love her so much and I am grateful for having the chance to have known her. I am so sorry for all her family's great loss.

- Lisa Knisley, Sunday January 9th, 2022

Julie was an outstanding nursing professional and colleague. I am truly sorry to read of her loss. May she rest in peace in God's hands

- Kathie Doyle, Friday January 7th, 2022

I have know Judy since she was born as her bassinet was next to mine at City Hospital in 1941. She and I always had a laugh about it everytime we saw each other as adults. She was truly outstanding both as a professional and a great person. I will miss You Judy. ⁰

- Jim Fitzsimmons , Friday January 7th, 2022

Goodby to my best friend!much love sent to accompany you on your heavenly trek!

- Judy fazio, Thursday January 6th, 2022

i remember judy well through high school. i moved out of ohio 1 yr after graduation. judy was always the bright light of any get together. may she rest in peace as deeply as she gave the deep peace and joy to others. condolences to her family and loved ones.

- judie (ruggles) mclean, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was an amazing person and left a wonderful legacy - a modern woman ahead of her time with a lifelong professional career, educator, wife - all while being a mother and raising five children. As a family friend, she was always kind and generous - so many great memories! Peace and comfort to Bob, Amy and the entire family

- Steve Nourse, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was my very first friend in first grade at St. Raphael's. Remember being at her house so many times for birthday parties and just because we were friends. Her smile just lit up a room. So sorry for her family that she is gone and I'm sorry for us knowing that Judy Capen is no longer with us. Rest in peace Judy.

- Cissy Derry Franzen, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was an amazing person. Her positive attitude and genuine concern for nurses and students always was conveyed. A great mentor and educator. Prayers for the family and friends.

- MaryBeth Stelzer, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was an amazing person and left a wonderful legacy - a modern woman ahead of her time with a lifelong professional career, educator, wife - all while being a mother and raising five children. As a family friend, she was always kind and generous - so many great memories! Peace and comfort to Bob, Amy and the entire family

- Steve Nourse, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Praise God for bringing Judy into my life! Judy sparked my love for teaching nursing when she brought her students to the hospital unit where I worked. I have such fun memories with Judy! Together, we "caught" a couple of babies who decided to make their entrance quite unexpectedly. My first interview for a full time teaching position happened because Judy championed me for the role. Judy supported others to be the best they could be. She was a stellar mentor and role model. The world's a little darker without Judy's bright light, and my heart hurts for her family. Well done, faithful servant. Rest in peace, sweet Judy.

- Susan Yowler, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Kerry, My heart breaks for you and the rest of your family. It must be very comforting to know how many people's lives she touched by being a nurse and serving. Your Mom passed on a servant's heart to you and we are so blessed by that as is your family. Robert , Bryant and myself are here should you or your family need anything. Lifting you in prayer and hugs. May God comfort you even more in this sad time.

- janice billing, Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was a friend and colleague. She instantly touched my life and the lives of everyone around her. Her passion for her family, nursing, and the community never went unnoticed. Until we meet again my friend. Love, Kady

- Kady Martini, Thursday January 6th, 2022

So sorry to see this obit. My condolences to the family. Another great mom finishes all of her tasks and goes home. May she enjoy total bliss! Thoughts and prayers.

- Sydney Funk Axtell , Thursday January 6th, 2022

Judy was one of my clinical instructors at OSU. we shared an instance bond over our hiccups. She was such a light and truly enjoyed our classes snd conversations together 💗 she continued to cheer me on post grad and I just thought the world of her! Condolences to your family she talked about you all often 💗

- Alexa w , Thursday January 6th, 2022

My condolences go to the family of Julie. She was a great influence on my Nursing career. Julie also was a friend. She was just an all around but had more compassion as big as all outdoors. Julie you never be forgotten......you will be missed. You deserve your wings!

- Cindy Mulkey, Thursday January 6th, 2022

So sorry for your loss.

- Dallas polk, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Teresa, Our sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

- Gary and Marla Gash, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Darling Judy., you will be very missed by me. You made a difference in many, many lives. Bobby, Teresa, Kerry, Susie and Kelly you are loved. If I can do anything at all, please let me know

- Maria McCarty, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Darling Judy., you will be very missed by me. You made a difference in many, many lives. Bobby, Teresa, Kerry, Susie and Kelly you are loved. If I can do anything at all, please let me know

- Maria McCarty, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Judy and I met in grad school at Wright State in 1977 and have been. good friends and colleagues ever since. Her love of life and of all God's children are inspiring. She was the teacher everyone wants to have. She loved, respected and encouraged each and everyone. Her lively spirit, energy and creativity are legendary. As a nurse she was extraordinary.. I will miss her deeply and know memories of her will be cherished by many. To Judy's family I extend my love and sympathy. She loved each of you fiercely and talked about you all the time. She was so proud of each of you. Her legacy is love.

- Doris Edwards, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Kerry, So sorry for your loss.. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

- Vicki Valentine Hermanowski , Wednesday January 5th, 2022

Praying continually for family & friends. Another friend ‘ student ,she was a wonderful mentor.

- Garnet Holliday - BSN, Wednesday January 5th, 2022

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