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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JUDY McCANN - NOVEMBER 25 AT 2:00 PM
Judith Jean McCann, Northbrook, IL, passed peacefully from the bonds of her human form on the evening of October 5, 2017. Judy had spent the last six-and-a-half years outrunning ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband of twenty-nine years, James W. Stone; six brothers and sisters [Kevin, Suzie (Venticinque), Rick, Maureen (Madsen), Janice (Kocek), and John]; and fourteen nephews and nieces. Born in Evergreen Park, IL, Judy spent all of her life as a resident of the Chicago area until very recently “down-sizing” for a relocation to Punta Gorda, Florida.
Judy was a giving spirit who believed in making good things happen. Whenever possible, she found a way to discover, teach, mentor, love, and care for people she met professionally and socially. Her friends and family found her to be a boundless bundle of energy that offered considerable challenge if you expected to keep up with her in either work-flow or walking speed. In her wake, you would find smiles on the faces of people who just found a new perspective of their own capabilities. Judy had impact!
In her professional career, she was a nurse employed at Rush University Medical Center as a Research Scientist at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, and as a Professor in the College of Nursing. She earned a B.S. in nursing from Loyola University (Chicago) in 1972, followed by an M.S. in Gerontological Nursing from Rush University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Gerontological Nursing Research from Rush University in 1991. Judy acquired several academic and professional honors throughout her career, as she was Principal or Co-Investigator on many NIH-funded research projects; served on research review committees; reviewed manuscripts for numerous medical journals; and remained active on various University committees and professional organizations.
There is significant clutter in libraries resulting from Judy’s work authoring, or co-authoring over forty-five papers that were published in major medical journals. She also found time to write abstracts or reviews of other people’s research, give presentations and speak at community presentations on too many occasions to keep count.
In her private life, Judy enjoyed family, and travel throughout the United States and Europe. During the 1990’s she and her husband had a sailboat they sailed on Lake Michigan. Her extended large family was always part of her life as she was godmother to her sister, two nieces and a nephew. She volunteered much of her spare time with her parish Youth Group, where she could help high-schoolers learn more about becoming responsible adults. Judy’s religious faith was always steady and strong. After retirement she received training to continue caring for others as a Pastoral Care Visitor for her church, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Deerfield, IL. Judy believed that we are all “spiritual beings” who are afforded the opportunity to experience a human life. When the human form is exhausted, our spirit continues.
Judy’s body was cremated and will continue her travels as the ashes are spread to some of her favorite locales around the world. There will be a memorial service at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Deerfield, IL, 2:00 PM, on Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25.
Do not send flowers.
If you would like to make a donation in Judy’s memory, there are two support groups she wanted to help: The Pastoral Care Ministry at St. Gregory’s Church, 815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL 60015 (Make a check out to St. Gregory’s Church, and put the name Judy McCann on the memo field)( www.stgregoryschurch.org). And, The Cancer Wellness Center, 215 Revere Dr. Northbrook, IL 60062 (www.cancerwellness.org). The Cancer Wellness Center is not faith-based, and provides outstanding educational, social, physical, and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. For information please call Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at (847) 831-4260.