Feb 4, 2021
Judy Ann Jordan was born on February 2, 1953 in Oak Park , Illinois. She died peacefully the morning of January 20, 2021. Judy was the dear daughter of the late John Patrick and Anna Marie (Dayer) Jordan; beloved sister of Michael (Nancy), Patrica (Ray) Fox, the late baby Joan and twin of Judy, the late John, Dennis, the late baby Robert, the late baby Joseph, Daniel (Mary Ann), David, Patrick (Theresa), the late Martin (Maureen), Mary (Scott) Mattas; loving Aunt to Corey Mattas (Jamie), Goddaughter Meghan Jordan (Ryan McGuire), the late John Fox (Alex Seydel), Lisa Gaborek, Lauren Gaborek, Michael Mattas, Kima Whitehawk-Jordan, Camille Jordan, Goddaughter Jordan Mattas, John P Jordan, Jack Jordan, Elizabeth Mattas, Liam Jordan, Caroline Jordan, and Marty Jordan, Jr.; and cherished friend, niece, cousin and caregiver to so many. Judy grew up in Chicago and attended St. Angela Catholic School, Mother Guerin High School, and earned her degree at Harper College to become a Registered Nurse. Judy worked as a labor and delivery nurse for over 30 years, at St. Anne’s Hospital in Chicago and Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park. She also studied at Wellness and Massage Training Institute to become a licensed professional massage therapist, and worked for several years as a telehealth nurse at McKesson Triage. Judy was a natural-born caregiver and thrived in her career. She loved welcoming new life into the world and taking care of every new baby and their mothers, and her favorite thing was giving all babies their first bath and massaging their tiny feet. Judy also helped care for all of her family members’ new babies and their mothers. Judy was a kind soul who loved life, and she adored her family more than anything. In her early years, Judy — along with her older brother and sister — was like another parent looking after her younger siblings. In her later years, Judy lived for her adoring nieces and nephews. She treated them each like they were her own by spoiling them, cheering them on through their sports and recitals and interests, guiding them through their religious beliefs, supporting them in their education and careers, and being proud of them for all they accomplished. Judy was proud of her Irish and Swiss heritage, and she believed she was 100% of both. Some of Judy’s most memorable vacations were traveling to Ireland with friends, and to Switzerland with her siblings to visit her huge family. Many of her favorite moments were spent on vacations with her siblings and their kids. Judy always looked forward to her family’s annual reunion in Arkansas, which began over 25 years ago to celebrate the life of her late father and to visit her mother’s beloved family. She cherished the time spent with her relatives during those Arkansas trips — sitting around, talking, cooking, eating and looking out at the beautiful scenery all day and night. Judy was loved by her many close Jordan and Dayer aunts, uncles and cousins, whom she cared about and talked about often, and loved every opportunity to spend time with them at special occasions and family parties. As a caregiver to all who entered her life, Judy had the love, kindness and generosity of spirit to care for her family’s children and parents as they grew older. Judy said jokingly, that it was hard raising parents, but she did a great job helping take care of her 93-year-old mother until the end of a beautiful life. Judy was a great friend to many, and loved to cook for others. Lately, Judy looked forward to her weekly online Zoom meetings with her high school friends. Beautiful, kind, caring, sweet and warm are words often used to describe Judy’s generous nature and soul. When she met you, you became someone she would always remember. Judy liked talking with people and really getting to know them. Judy didn’t talk as much about herself — she was much more interested in getting to know you and your family. Our beloved Judy will be missed. May God bless her. Due to the pandemic, services will be private. To honor Judy, please consider a donation to The Jack and Marty Jordan Fund for St. Angela School (https://www.givecentral.org/location/413/event/12482 The Jack & Marty Jordan Fund - GiveCentral Description. The Jack & Marty Jordan Fund, established in memory of Jack Jordan ('38) and his son Marty ('77) supports athletic and extracurricular programs for the scholars of St. Angela School. www.givecentral.org ). Judy, Judy’s father and all of her siblings attended St. Angela’s, and donations support the school’s athletic and extracurricular programs, helping children stay healthy, active and empowered. Also, please consider being an organ donor like Judy and donating blood regularly to any organization, to help save lives.