On Sept. 26, 2019, Judith Ann Pentz, 74, Greenwood, lost her battle with cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greenwood. Rev. Elizabeth Bier will officiate the ceremony. A pie social will follow.
Judith Finkbiner was born on Jan. 19, 1945, in Phoenixville, Pa., to Winfield Finkbiner and Elva (nee Gottshall) Finkbiner. Judith graduated from Annville Cleona Senior High School, Pa., in 1962 and proceeded to Mansfield (Pa.) University for a B.S. in home economics education. She later earned a masters degree in Related Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Judith worked as a Penn State University Extension Home Economist in Gettysburg, Pa.; as a home economics teacher in several high schools; as a real estate broker; and completed her employment history in 2006 as associate dean at Mid-State Technical College, Marshfield Campus. As a very community-minded person, Judith served on the Greenwood Public Library Board from 1984 to present, serving several terms as president. Judith recently joined the board of directors of the UW Alumni Association, Marshfield Chapter. She was active in the Central Wisconsin Professional Home Economists Group, Curtiss Corners Quilt Club, Neillsville Quilt Club, and the Our Saviors Lutheran Church Quilting Group. She was a member of the West Central Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse Society, serving many years on the banquet committee and as an instructor for the annual Youth Field Day. Judith provided costuming and production assistance to Greenwood High School plays for more than 30 years. Judith’s true love was fabric art. She completed several hundred quilts and fabric art pieces. Most went to her children and nieces and nephews as gifts. Judith was honored with multiple quilting awards, including a first place at the August Curtiss Corners Quilt Show and “Chairman’s Choice” in the 2018 Marshfield Quilter show. She did two independent shows of her fabric art at the Lucille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer. Judith was an outdoors woman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. She was a world traveler, cheerleader and supporter of her family, a gardener, and an avid Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan. Judith met Donald Francis Pentz in 1966. They were married on Oct. 25, 1969, in Annville, Pa. Together they raised three children: Erik Nathan, Jeremy Daniel, and Leah Rachel, and a young lady who needed a family anchor – Lisa Marie Cullen.
Judith is survived by and loved by her husband of 50 years, Donald Pentz; her son, Jeremy Pentz; her daughter, Leah Pentz; her daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Lee-Pentz) Boni; two grandsons: Laird and Liam Pentz; two brothers: Winfield and David Finkbiner; two sisters: Mary (Finkbiner) Zerman and Jane (Finkbiner) Looney; and many friends and relatives.
Judith was preceded in death by her oldest son, Erik; her father, Winfield Finkbiner; and her mother, Elva Finkbiner.
Judith had a strong belief that flowers should be sent to the living and requested no flowers be sent for this sad event. Instead, please send memorials to the Erik Pentz Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Clark County Community Foundation, 301 N Main St, PO Box 116, Loyal, WI 54446 and/or to the Greenwood Public Library, 102 N Main St Greenwood, WI 54437.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cress Center, University Ave., Madison.