Judith April Jakemer passed away peacefully at her home in Manhattan Beach, CA, on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the age of 81. Judy is predeceased by her parents, George and Helene (L'Esperance) Schick, her brother Chris, and her husband Walt Jakemer. Judy is lovingly remembered by her son, Ken (Michelle) Jakemer of Lakewood, CA; her daughter, Laurie (Steve) Brown of Yorba Linda, CA; her 5 grandchildren, Stephen (Katie) Jakemer, Spencer (Grace) Jakemer, Lindsay (Brian) Brown, Nicholas (Jordan) Jakemer, Andy Brown; and her great-grandson Brooks Jakemer. Judy was born in Los Angeles, CA, on April 1, 1933. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1949 and went on to study veterinary medicine at UC Davis in 1950. She was a much heralded softball player in Culver City, where she excelled as a pitcher and a hitter while battling against the states' top teams (including a few all men teams). She carried on her athletic dominance while working at Garrett AiResearch, winning championships in volleyball, basketball, and bowling. While there, she also won the heart of her future husband, Walt Jakemer. Judy was passionate about gardening, and loved cleaning up the most neglected big yards she could find. She loved her animals as much as people, she enjoyed doing cross-stitch, playing paddle tennis and ping pong, and any other competitive activity...which she would usually win. A huge passion of Judy's was playing the slot machines, where everyone within a wide radius would hear her shouts of joy with each win. And, she loved her bowling leagues on Tuesday and Friday mornings with her great friends, serving as league secretary for as long as can be remembered. But Judy's greatest enjoyment came from her involvement with youth sports. She was a softball coach for many years, before finding her sweet spot as a volleyball referee. A legendary figure at local volleyball events for the past 35+ years, she officiated with a caring, joyful and loving manner that left a fond memory in all who played under her watchful eye. In recent years she spent quality time supporting the league and coaching with her son at Long Beach Pony Baseball, making additional lifetime memories for those who knew her. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA, on Monday, January 26th at 2:00 PM. We will celebrate the highlights of Judy's life with love and admiration for all of the great times together. Please bring a smile and a story to share about Judy! In addition, an online tribute site has been setup for friends and family to share their thoughts, photos, videos, and more about Judy. Share your thoughts here: http://memorial.yourtribute.com/JudyJakemer In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up to help young athletes in need of financial support, to participate in the sport they love. The "Judy Jakemer Memorial Fund" has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. To Donate: Visit any Wells Fargo branch, fill out a deposit slip for the 'Judy Jakemer Memorial Fund' and turn it in to any bank teller. The Memorial Fund will be a way for Judy to continue to positively impact and assist the very people she so loved to help. Athletes with a need.

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  1. If you had chosen to be a politician, you would have made the lives of some many so much better. Instead you were an athlete that decided to make the world of competition a better environment for all athletes, no matter their level of play. You were such a fierce competitor and one of the most fair referees. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

  2. at volleyball tournaments. Her smile was always from ear to ear even when coaches would not be happy with her calls. She loved the game and loved to see the young ladies and men excell each and every year. I will always remember Judy, because of how much she cared for each and every player that she has officiated. She also cared alot about the coaches and was really happy to see programs succeed and always acknowledge a coach when she knew they were doing something great for the kids. She will be missed.
    Joe Manzo

  3. Judy was such a joy to have as a referee at my daughters’ high school volleyball games. Loved her kindness and humor. We will miss seeing her. Our prayers and condolences go out to her family.

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