Mrs. Herzog retired from Belle Valley School District after 37 years of teaching, during which she touched many lives and mentored many teachers. She remained involved in the teaching community even after retirement. Judi loved crafts, sewing, flowers, gardening, and just being outside. Her passions included family, friends, and her newly found love of goats, sheep, and donkeys on their farm. She enjoyed her summers, especially spending time at Westhaven pool and visiting her grandchildren in Florida.
Judi was preceded in death by her first husband, Mark H. Busekrus; her father, Marshall L. Hartmann; and a brother-in-law, Dave Herzog.
Surviving are her husband of 17 years, Rick L. Herzog, whom she married on July 12, 1997;
her son, Marty Busekrus of Florida;
two grandchildren, Jake and Emma Busekrus;
her mother, Betty J. Hartmann, nee Brauer, of Swansea, IL;
four brothers and a sister, Lee (Jeanne) Hartmann of Swansea, IL,
Wayne (Tina) Hartmann of Mount Vernon, IL,
Roger (Nora) Hartmann of Waterloo, IL,
Peggy (Steve) Woods of Belleville, IL,
and John (Lisa) Hartmann of Belleville, IL;
two sisters-in-law, Sandra Furlich of California
and Jan Herzog of Clinton, IL;
her best friend, Jan Beller;
and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In lieu of all other gifts, Judi’s family requests donations of money be made in her name to the donor’s choice of charity with an emphasis on education (reachoutandread.org) or donations of time teaching children to read. Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: Cremation services were held. A celebration of Judi’s life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Belleville Elks Lodge, 1481 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL.
Judy taught all four of my children and will be missed. May she rest in peace. My sympathy to the family.
Becky Rieso, belleville, il, 62221
So many great memories of times spent with Judi and her family and friends. So sorry we couldn’t be there for Rick, Marty, and family and friends. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jack & Jan, Springfiled, Missouri, 65807
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You will be truly missed by so many people you have touched.
Dale and Anita Boismenue , Belleville, IL, 62221
Dear Rick, Marty, Betty, and family, So very sorry for your loss. Judy was always life, fun, and laughter who brought so much joy to all of us. I hope you feel our Lord picking you up when you see/feel just one set of footprints in the sand. Our thoughts and prayers, Tom/Mary Ann Montgomery
Mary Ann Montgomery, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
She was a wonderful teacher, not the most liked, but, to those who saw through her outer toughness towards her students, she was a fantastic person.
William Roberts, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
My sincere sympathies during this difficult time. Judy was a wonderful lady and she will be missed.I met Judy through our work with the Illinois Cadre. Such a fine person who loved her family very much.
Keri Garrett, Patoka, Illinois, 62875
Rick, sometimes life is just not fair and this is certainly one of those times. Whenever I was with Judi she always had a smile on her face. I know how hard it is to lo
Sheri Duensing, smithton, il, 62285
Sorry Rick I have a cast on my hand and it hit the send button I know how hard it is to lose someone you love. I hope you & your family can pull together & with each other, down the road, smile and remember the love she spread to so many. Keeping you in my prayers.
Sheri Duensing, smithton, il, 62285
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Margie Reaka, Freeburg, IL, 62243
I met Judi through our work with the Illinois Educator Leaders Cadre. Judi was a wonderful lady and she will be missed. My sincere sympathies during this difficult time.
Jean Korder, Urbana, IL, 61801
Marty and Family
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was a person that everyone loved and will be sadly missed. Our prayers go out to your entire family.
Kathy Tiedemann, Belleville, Illinois, 62220
Rick my deepest condolences to you. I was shocked to hear of Judy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family.
Paul “thumper” Wood, , ,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Judi was a beautiful, strong, kind, nurturing woman who will forever be remembered as such. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. May you find some peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Stephanie Renn Iskra, Normal, Il, 61761
I remember when, we were in grade school & the third grade teacher saw that I was struggling the arithmetic & she asked you to help me. You were so patient with me. You were a teacher even back then. It stayed with you all your life.
I will never forget the child who helped me with arithmetic.
Daisy Manning (Stokes), Decatur, GA, 30034
I was deeply saddened by the news of Judi’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I was a member of the Illinois Cadre and found Judi to be a very knowledgable, experienced and caring educator. Judi was an absolute jewel.
Dorland Norris, Houston, Texas, 77071