Judith A. Hanzel

Judith Hanzel

Judith A. Hanzel, 72, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio with dear Texas family at her side.

She was born in Richland Center on March 18, 1950, the first-born daughter of James and Emily (Machovec) Hanzel. Raised on the family dairy farm, schooling began in a one-room schoolhouse with graduation from Richland Center High School in 1968. Judith then earned an Associate Degree-Business Administration Secretarial Science at Madison Area Technical College. Travels took her to five countries and much of the U.S. At the time of her passing, Judith held an administrative assistant role with AML Motors in San Antonio, where she was employed for 20 years.

Judith surrounded herself with genuine, kind, caring people, a testament to the kind of person she was. She had friends from coast to coast and abroad. Conversations often included stories of friends and highlights of much-loved family visits. She also stayed in touch with several high school friends. It was at their 50th class reunion she was reunited with her classmate, Larry Fowler. Over the last four years, they brought much joy and happiness to each other’s life. They enjoyed each other’s company traveling, adventuring, as well as quiet times together.

She had lived in San Antonio for 14 years then decided to purchase her home in 2015. Judith took much pride and joy working in her yard, relaxing with sidewalk conversations, and notably planting and tending to flowers that attracted butterflies. She harvested pecans from the tree in her yard and generously shared the fruits of her labor with family and friends.

One of her favorite pastimes was attending estate sales. She found many treasures during those visits and very seldom drove by one without stopping to “take a look.” Judith was also an avid personal shopper. If you needed something, she would earnestly work to fulfill that need.

For many years she was actively involved with Inner Peace Movement, Inc. She shared with many on finding your own answers in life, delivered self-leadership programs for years and as a board member generously gave of her talent, time and authentic true concern.

In her journey of life, Judith left her unique and indelible imprint in the hearts of many. Gone from us much too soon, she will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

Those Judith leaves behind to cherish her memory include her parents, James and Emily Hanzel of the town of Henrietta; her loving friend, Larry Fowler of Richland Center; her siblings, Daniel (Lynn) Hanzel of Wisconsin Dells, Louise (Larry) Martin of Kewaskum, Mary (Dan) Ryan of rural Rockland and David (Debra) Hanzel of rural Viola; nieces and nephews, Tracy (Michael) Platt, Joshua Hanzel, Lucas (Amanda) Martin, Lanaya (Daniel) Bellomo, Nathan (Kathryn) Ryan, Catherine “Cadi” Ryan, Michael Ryan and Philip Kouzes; great-nieces and nephews, Kenzy and Kiley Platt, Tate and Knox Martin, Zoey Bellomo, Ellison, Emily and Makenna Ryan; her aunt, Marge Gleason of Glendale; her uncle, Joseph (Jill) Machovec of Hillpoint, many cousins, numerous dear friends and other relatives.

Judith was preceded in death by an infant sister, Barbara Louise; her maternal grandparents, Charles and Julia (nee Rynes) Machovec; her paternal grandparents, Otto and Beulah (nee McCarthy) Hanzel, aunts and uncles.

In honor of her wishes, Judith’s body was donated to science. A service in honor of her memory will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at noon at Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service, 120 N. Park Street, Richland Center with Rev. Craig Peach presiding. A livestream of the memorial service can be viewed at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service website, prattfuneralservice.com.

The Hanzel family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until noon. Burial of her cremains will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, town of Henrietta.

As Judith would agree, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss