Judith “Judy” Mae Asker

April 13, 1962 - August 27, 2023
August 29, 2023 17 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Judith “Judy” Asker, known fondly as Judy, was born on April 13th, 1962, and passed away peacefully on August 27th, 2023, after a short illness. Judy was a joyful and sparkling individual, and her tail wagging enthusiasm always brought a smile to everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her devoted husband Thomas Asker, whom she married in 2003, and her two children Jennifer Cosgrove (Aaron) and Edward Steele (Stephanie). As well as her grandchildren Elliot, Norah, Brooks, Jackson, and Sophia. Judy took great pride in her family, considering them her greatest accomplishment. Her ceaseless love for her family did not stop at her immediate household. She is also survived by her sister Ramona Freiburger (Mark) as well as a niece, nephew, and other extended family. Judy was predeceased by her parents Edward (2022) and Diane Miller (2007).

Judy grew up in Montevideo, MN. She had a wonderful, happy childhood with many lasting relationships that continued throughout her life. Her parents owned the local A&W where Judy started working at just 10 years old! She excelled as a member of the swim team and graduated high school in 1980.

Judy began her life in Canada in 1983 where she worked and built a life until her passing. Judy was well known in the Winnipeg arts community, senior living communities and worked extensively with Canadians with Disabilities trying to make accessible activities for all. Judy worked within the Anglican church denomination for over 15 years and volunteered her time with many boards and organizations. Judy spent several years teaching adjunctly at Red River College, and recently retired from her position as the executive director of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. She was looking forward to spending more time on her hobbies and family.
In 2020, Judy was able to move to Des Moines, IA, next door to her daughter and family and later to Edmonton, AB in 2021 where she split her time between her children and grandchildren. Judy always managed to make any place feel like home for her loved ones.

Judy had a love of travel, most often with her sister. Together they traveled around the world to places like Ireland, Italy, Africa, Germany, the Netherlands, and other stops all over Europe. But often her favorite vacations were ones taken with the entire family all together. Judy enjoyed simpler things like a movie on the big screen with her grandkids, sleepovers, and passing on her baking and pie making skills to her grandson Elliot. She had an affinity for the song “Brandy” by Looking Glass and loved to play various board games. Outside of the house, she enjoyed going for long bike rides with Tommy, and in recent years became an avid pickleball player.

Those who knew and loved her will remember Judy for her incredible generosity, her diligence in her work, and attitude of “no regrets." These, along with her other qualities will be the cornerstone of her enduring legacy.

Judy's life was a testament to her belief in Christ, the importance of family, joy, positivity, and generosity. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will continue to inspire those who carry her lessons and memories in their hearts.

  1. So Shocked at the sudden passing of this special Lady I remember she used to Collect Lilliput Lane Figures and always asked me when I would visit the Uk to pick up a couple on my trips
    I was in a shop the other day that sold secondhand articles and there were several Lilliput Lane figurines and I thought next time I’m in North America I will have to ask Judy if she still collected them unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be
    I will always remember her smile and kindness
    Rest in peace Judy and Rise in Glory
    From your English Friend Garry

  2. Mona, and Judy’s family,
    She sounds like a wonderful lady and i can understand how your hearts are broken. You are in our prayers, Laura and Kevin

  3. Always loved seeing Momma Judy at basketball games at Kelvin. And later seeing proud momma in the stands at your CFL games bro. Love and condolences to you and the whole family.

  4. She was the best mother, sister, wife grandma, aunt that ever walked this planet. I pray that I can make my tail wag in happiness the way she did.

    I love you mom

    • Oh Eddie, Jenny, Mona and families, my heart is breaking for you all. My you be wrapped in comfort at this sad time. ♥️

  5. I remember many tail wagging moments. Judy, this just seems too soon but I am so thankful for the joy, peace and faith you carried as you lived. I am so sorry for your loss Tom, Jenny and Eddie.

  6. I had the honour of working alongside Judy for 12 years while on the board of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. Her work ethic was unparalleled. She never once dropped any of the many, many balls she kept in the air, and she did it all with such grace. But what struck me most was her immense, deep and powerful devotion to her family. She simply adored her children and grandchildren and Tom, and would do anything and everything for them. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was, truly, one of the best, and we are all the greater for having known her.

  7. Jenny,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  8. Dearest Tom Jenny and Eddie It is with heartfelt sorrow on hearing of Judy’s passing . She was everything a friend and relative could wish for LG loving funny compassionate loyal.She is definitely up above with her Lord and Master cage will be greatly missed .Love you all

  9. Condolences to Judy’s kids, grandkids, and all her family and friends. I went to school in
    Montevideo and graduated with Judy. She will be missed by many.

  10. What shocking news to hear of Judy’s passing. I sang in the Phil Choir when she was executive director and I worked for her taking care of ticket sales to choir members. To be with Judy and interact with her was pure joy. Her warm smile couldn’t help but always make me feel good. She was a very special person. My deepest sympathies to Tom and family.

  11. I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Judy’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, full of joy and drive and commitment to whatever she was doing. It was an honour and pleasure to know her. My sincerest condolences go to Tom and the rest of her family.

  12. Such sad news! I remember Judy from back in high school. Always smiling, always positive, fun to be around and laugh with.

  13. Reading her story, I’m sure I could hear Judy’s voice reading with me. Reading her to sleep was a true delight! So many wonderful memories of a kind, generous, supportive friend/sister-of-choice. And awesome and inspiring, too. Heart hurt, too soon. Ah, Tom, Eddie, Jennie, Mona and all the family – may her Faith be a source of comfort for you. For sure, she is watching over you all. Eddie, you already do the tail wagging – just different moves!

    And from Dale – deepest sympathy to all. Knowing Judy, and family, has and is the most positive influence on life each day. Her presence is greatly missed.

  14. Condolences to Judy’s family. She was my best, honest and loyal customer.

    I will miss her warm heart.

  15. So very sorry for your family’s loss. Judy was à walking ray of sunshine! We are bless to have known her. No one will ever rock those heart shaped glasses the way she did!
    Sincere condolences from her Bistro Family

  16. My deepest sympathy Mona and the rest of Judy’s amazing family. I was so saddened to hear of your loss. We had so much fun working together back in the A&W days. A wonderful work ethic and such a positive, happy person to be around. She has definitely left behind a wonderful legacy. Hugs and prayers. Linda Hanna Roberts

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