Judith Joan Albers, 76, passed away at home on March 5, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born July 4, 1943 in Livingston, Montana to Loretta and Clarence Smith. Judy’s mother relocated her and her siblings to California in 1949. She attended elementary and high school in the Lodi area.
In 1959, Judy met and married the love of her life, Marvin Albers. Together they had three children. Judy and Marvin made a home in Rio Vista where Judy was fortunate to stay home and care for the family while her husband worked. The family moved to Madera in 1977 where they owned and operated their family pizza parlor, The Big Cheese. Later on, the family moved to Hawaii and then returned to California, settling back in Lodi. In her later years, Judy enjoyed her work as a daycare provider, and was known to her children and their families as “Grandma Judy”.
Judy was a loving wife to her husband Marvin for 60+ years, a devoted mother and grandmother to not only her children but also those she looked after. She enjoyed cooking, caring for others and being with her family.
Surviving her are husband Marvin Albers of Lodi; children Kelly (Jerry) Wheeler of Galt, Brien (Becky) Albers of Eau Claire, Wis., and Kimberley (Christien) Kidson-Trigg of Lodi; six grandchildren, Ryan Szichak, Kaleigh and Lynzie Albers, Jadin, Alexandria and Tyler Kidson-Trigg; sister Nancy Wagstaff, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Judy in death were her parents Loretta and Clarence Smith, brother Bruce Smith, and sisters Camille Benner and Mary Tonn.
Judy’s celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m., at United Congregational Christian Church, 701 S. Hutchins Street in Lodi.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude or Shriners children’s hospitals.
A guest book is available to sign at lodinews.com/guestbook.