Judy Lantery Bronkhorst

Born: Tue., Aug. 25, 1942
Died: Tue., Nov. 24, 2009

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Judith Elizabeth Lantery "Judy" Bronkhorst died at her residence on November 24, 2009, at the age of 67. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on August 25, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Frank Benjamin Lantery and Ruth Elizabeth Smith Lantery. Judy graduated from Braintree High School in Massachusetts and the New England School of Art in Boston in 1962, where she studied advertising and illustration. On June 3, 1962, she married Edward Joseph Bronkhorst, Jr. and moved to Phoenix, AZ for two years. Then they moved back to Weymouth, Massachusetts for Ed to go to school for two years. Ed worked for Northeast Airlines in Boston which was bought by Delta and in 1972 they moved to Georgia. For twenty-five years they lived in Griffin where Judy owned and operated Griffin Arts and Crafts Retail Store and also taught painting classes. She was a member of Lake Oconee Lutheran Church.

Since retiring to Lake Oconee in 1996, she has worked for Natures Outpost, Hallmans and most recently Genuine Georgia. The beautiful lake has inspired her paintings of wildlife and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. She painted in all mediums including watercolor and pen and ink. Judy has illustrated and published several books and her paintings are held in many private collections locally and around the world. She was a member of the Greensboro Art Alliance and other noted guilds. Her art has been displayed in several local galleries including Genuine Georgia in downtown Greensboro.

Judy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Edward Joseph Bronkhorst, Jr. of Eatonton, GA; three sons, Edward Joseph Bronkhorst III of Millner, GA, David Aaron Bronkhorst and wife Kris of Fayetteville, GA and Andrew Scott Bronkhorst and wife Kellie of Woodstock, GA; a brother, Frank Lantery of Chelmsford, MA; and four grandchildren, Nicklas Bronkhorst, Gavin Bronkhorst, Cameron Bronkhorst and Dylan Bronkhorst. Judy also leaves behind many friends both in Massachusetts as well as in Georgia.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church with Pastor Ron Schornhorst officiating. The family will receive family and friends from 12 noon until time for the service at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church, 1089 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, GA 31024. The family Requests that any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, in memory of Judy Bronkhorst, for Colorectal/Pancreatic Research, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Nell and Jim Thompson
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Judy was such a ray of sunshine and a true inspiration. We will miss her.

   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Words can't express how much Judy will be missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her. My prayers, love and heart are with Ed, Ted, David, Andy and the rest of the Bronkhorst family during this sad and difficult time. Blessings, Bobbie

Bob and Nancy Fitch
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Dear Ed and Family, Nancy and I cannot begin to express the deep sadness we feel over the loss of your dear Judy. I think we all felt that Judy would somehow win this very tough battle against some difficult odds, which is why it makes it so much harder for us to comprehend the sudden shock of her passing. From her birthday pictures, Judy was obviously loved for who she was, and for her many, many talents. But you were her special love, Ed, and she told me when we talked last January, that you could still make her laugh... how wonderful, after forty-seven years. We share in your sorrow, and will keep the memories close. Your friends these many years. Love, Bob and Nancy

Dianne(Chandler) Bethune
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
I will always hold my wonderful memories of Judy and I as friends from childhood. Judy will be missed and I sorrow with you in the loss of a good friend. May God carry you and your family through this difficult time. Love, Dianne

Melanie Batchelor
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
I love you, Judy! There are so many things I will miss about you, but I think what I will miss most is your laugh. We have had plenty of those over the past 22 years. I consider myself lucky to have been your friend. Ed, Ted, Andy, and David - I love all of you and will alway be here for you and your precious families.

Gail Vail
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Eddie and family, my deepest condolences. Judy was a special person and an inspiration for many people. It was always a joy seeing your wonderful relationship and the joy you felt being together. My prayers are with you. Gail Vail

Sherry Turner
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Ed and family, when I met Judy 6 years ago through the Greensboro Arts Alliance,I knew instantly what a special lady she was. She befriended me immediatly and has remained a steadfast friend ever since. I will always remember her gracious spirit even in light of adversity and her wonderful laugh. God Bless you in this difficult time and give you strength. I will miss her!

Ben and Joanie Bruce
   Posted Wed November 25, 2009
Dear Ed and family, Judy was such a special person. We will miss her. We just wanted you to know that we're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time. If there's anything we can do for you, please let us know. With love, Ben Bruce Joanie Bruce

Jeff Williams
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
My prayers are with Judy and the family! She was a very special person. Very talented and will be missed by all! God Bless you Judy!! Love you!

Cheryl and David James
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
Our deepest Sympathy and Memories from Hickory Lane.Your all in our thoughts today. Cheryl

Jack & Janet Ludlam
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Keep your memories alive.

Cathy McIntire
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
Judy was a generous spirit, always open, always honest in her opinion, always a friend. There truly is no one like her and I am going to miss her.

Kristin and Michael Duncan
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
Aunt Judy, You have always been a part of my life and I will miss you so much. I am so sorry that I couldn't make it to your funeral but it was too hard with the boys. You were a wonderful women and I have a lot of great memories. My prayers and thoughts are with your family to get them through this tough time. Love, Kristin Duncan

Michael Duncan
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
Judy was the nicest and most fun loving person I've met. She had a hearth of gold and a very talented artest. This is a great loss to us all. I will miss her deeply and I wish I could be there to shere my condolences with Ed and the rest of the family. My sincerest sympathies Mike Duncan

Norma Crapo
   Posted Thu November 26, 2009
So sorry to hear of Judy's passing. The time I worked for her at the craft store were a lot of fun. She was a very special lady. I know all her family will miss her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Norma Crapo

sarah henderson williams
   Posted Fri November 27, 2009
dear family.... its been quiet a while since i've seen judy and ed, but i spent many a happy hour in their home and pool in griffin. judy was so lively and much fun to be around. i am extremely sorry for your loss and i hope you will find solace that judy was loved by many people and i know God will comfort you.

Richard Miller (Tootall)
   Posted Fri November 27, 2009
Bronk, my greatest sympathies to you and your family. Dick Miller

Lynne Foy
   Posted Fri November 27, 2009
Although we hadn't been in each other's company often since art school, we occasionally talked/emailed and you kept me posted about your life. Thank you. We had such good times in school and I'll always remember those with great joy....I'm smiling now at some recollections. I will miss you... Love, Lynne Foy

Barbara and Jerry Martin
   Posted Fri November 27, 2009
We will miss Judy so much. She was very special to us and to all who knew her. We will remember her forever with joy. Love, Jerry and Barbara

Lynda Ramage
   Posted Fri November 27, 2009
Ed and family, Ken and I feel so bad for each of you. We know it is hard. Judy was an example of courage and strong faith and we will miss her, too. She was a good person a talented lady, and when there is a bright, blue sky, we will know God let her paint it. Ed, I'll be in touch later with you as I can't come to the funeral, but I will be there in spirit. Blessings, Lynda (and Ken)

Brenda Cheverie Chamberlain
   Posted Sat November 28, 2009
To Ed and Family: My heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Judy and I met as children in East Braintree - we lived two streets away from each other and became good friends. I remember with fondness our school years and her wedding to Ed at Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth Landing, it was a beautiful day. May the Lord of our journey hold you in his embrace and comfort you in the days ahead. Brenda Cheverie Chamberlain

Karin Polson Jones
   Posted Sat November 28, 2009
I went to High School with Judy, I would like to send my condolences to the family. I am sure that she will be missed by all.

Andrew Brokhorst & family
   Posted Sun November 29, 2009
I could not have ever asked for a more perfect mother, friend and grandmother to my children, she truely loved each of us with all her heart. I know she will be the angel watching over our family until we have the honor of seeing her again in heaven. She will be missed by us all. Rest in peace mom.....rest in peace.

Donna West
   Posted Mon November 30, 2009
Judy was a special person, and I'll miss her entheusiasm and cheerful heart. She met a difficult situation head-on, with a good attitude, and grace. She left behind a beautiful family, and legacy of love and warmth. I know she will be greatly missed by all who had the priviledge of knowing her. Sincerely, Donna West

Susan Comer
   Posted Mon November 30, 2009
I knew Judy in Griffin, through the Newcomer's Club and because we were fellow artists. She always put a smile on my face. I have an image of her right now in her VW, grinning and waving. My condolences go out to you, Ed....and to all her children and grandchildren and family.

Linda Collins
   Posted Mon November 30, 2009
She was a "wicked hot ticket"!! As they say in Boston!! I met Judy in Eatonton Ga. in the flower shop on St. Paddy's Day. We exchanged hellos and behold....the Boston accent prevailed. From then out, we were instant friends. I live in Braintree now...a few streets over from where she grew up and will always remember she smile and easy going nature. What a true Jewel of a girlfiend. May God keep her always close in mind and close to our hearts.

Joe Spano
   Posted Mon November 30, 2009
We grew up a couple streets apart and went to school(K-12)together. I remember how bossey she could get when we played as kids. I know that she will be missed by all that knew her. My condolences to the family. Joey

Tish Montgomery
   Posted Mon November 30, 2009
Ms Judy was a lovely lady. She came in my life 9 months ago. We sat and fought cancer together. She was an inspiration to me and will always be in my heart. I love ya lady. be at peace now. You will always be in my heart.

Kathy Montejo
   Posted Mon December 14, 2009
My condolences to Ed, the boys and grandchildren on Judy's recent passing. It was great to talk with her during the past few years as the family "reconnected" and I loved reading her emails and seeing photos of the family. I wish we could have been able to connect at one of the Lantery Family Reunion Lobster Bakes in Maine! Thoughts and prayers to Judy's family.

Lynne Noonan DeBoer
   Posted Wed December 23, 2009
To Ed and family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Judy was a spirited, talented artist and was loved by all who knew her. May she continue to be your guardian angel, shining her love upon you all. May your memories comfort you during this Holiday season.

Michelle Noonan McIntire
   Posted Wed December 23, 2009
To Ed and family . I would like to extend my condolences to you on the loss of such a bright and special lady . My dad Edward Noonan and Ed were friends for many years . I remember stories my Dad told us of Ed and Judy . I remember Ed and Judy coming to my parents 25th anniversary years ago in Mass . I know Judy will be missed by many . Sincerely Michelle B. Noonan McIntire

Denise (Noonan) Thomas
   Posted Wed December 23, 2009
Ed, My deepest condolences in the passing of your beautiful wife Judy. My mom and Dad were always so fond of the 2 of you and many of my dad's stories were narrated including you and Judy. Judy often wrote to my mom after dad passed away and I know she enjoyed reading her letters and they brightened her life and gave her something to look forward too. She will be missed and I will tuck away a few prayers for you and Judy. I hope my mom and dad were there to welcome her and be reunited with their life-long friend. God Bless Denise (Noonan) Thomas & Family

Donna Noonan
   Posted Tue December 29, 2009
Ed and Family, My deepest condolences in the passing of your loving wife Judy. My parents and aunts and uncles would often regale stories of their get-togethers with you and Judy. Judy brightened many lives, including my parents'. She will be greatly missed, and I am saddened that God called her home at such a young age, and during the holidays. Be reminded that Judy's name means "Praised", as she always was. I trust that Judy is watching over her family and rejoicing in the life and memories she created with Ed, as I know Mary & Ed Noonan are rejoicing over their children and grandchildren. May Judy's talents and love as a wife, mother and grandmother comfort you and guide you forward. God Bless you all, Donna Noonan