A beach on Sanibel Island at sunset, a fishing boat on Chute Pond in northern Wisconsin during a warm summer evening, a bustling kitchen surrounded by family and friends during the holidays, an afternoon in a recliner holding her grandson. These were a handful of the special moments she cherished during her life.

Judith Ann Jasculca, 60, died at her home in River Forest on Saturday morning, Aug. 7, 2010, following a seven-and-a-half year battle with ovarian cancer.

Jasculca was born Judith Severson in Manitowoc, Wis., on Dec. 17, 1949, the eldest child of Martin and the late Doris Severson, also a victim of ovarian cancer.

After graduating with honors from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, she attended airline school in Minneapolis and landed a job as a reservation agent for Delta Airlines in Chicago. While working in Chicago, she met her future husband on a blind date. The two got engaged a couple of months later and were married on June 6, 1970.

While much of her life was dedicated to taking care of her home and raising her four children, she often volunteered her free time to help people in need throughout the Chicago area.

At St. Luke Parish School in River Forest, she served as a room mother, was a member of the school board and co-chaired an enormously successful dinner dance and auction for several years. She also served on the development committee for Trinity High School and was a member of the board of directors for After School Matters.

“Judy was always the first person to offer assistance whenever someone needed it,” said Rick Jasculca, her husband of 40 years. “She was a caring, compassionate woman whose kind heart and generous spirit left an indelible mark on the lives of everyone who had the good fortune to know her.”

In addition to her community work, Jasculca played a pivotal role in managing a number of high-profile projects for Jasculca/Terman and Associates, the public affairs firm her husband co-founded in 1981. Those projects included the visit of Pope John Paul II to Chicago in 1979, the Democratic National Convention in 1996, the Million Mom March in 2000 and a Library of Congress trip to Russia in 2002.

Her youngest daughter, Lauren Foley, said some of her fondest memories of her mom were the days they spent together in the kitchen. “In addition to being an outstanding cook, she was a tremendous teacher,” said Foley. “The meals we made, the lessons I learned and, most important, the times we shared are something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

In addition to her husband, Rick; her daughter, Lauren Foley (Daniel); her father, Martin; and her brothers, Thomas (Susan), Gary (Heidi) and Robert (Annette), Judith Jasculca is survived by her daughter, Aimee; her sons, Christopher (Samantha) and Andrew; and her grandson, Will Foley.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 W. Cermak Road in Forest Park. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Luke Church, 7600 W. Lake St., in River Forest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to After School Matters, 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, Ill. 60601.

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