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Judith Temme

Judith Temme

COLUMBUS — Services for Judith “Judy” Temme, 77, Columbus, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Federated Church in Columbus. The Rev. Edward Yang will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne at 2 p.m. with an Eastern Star Service.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

She died Saturday, June 20, 2020, at her home in Columbus.

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society or Federated Church.


Judith Brynn was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Wayne, to John H. and Amanda (Davis) Owens. She was welcomed home by Bonnie Lou, Marilyn, Ruth and Milton to the family farm southwest of Carroll, where she spent her formative years. She was baptized at Bethany Presbyterian Church and attended rural Hillside School District 56.

The family moved to Wayne in 1956, where Judy graduated from Wayne High School. She was an accomplished pianist who accompanied the high school glee club. She became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wayne.

Judy attended Wayne State College, graduating in 1964. Her first position as a math teacher was in Central City for two years, and then she moved to Columbus, where she continued teaching math for 34 years. Four summers were spent in Greeley, Colo., where she earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Colorado State. She spent two summers at the University of Wyoming and one at the University of Kansas.

Judy and Richard Temme were married Dec. 19, 1992, at the Federated Church in Columbus. They enjoyed many happy years together, playing golf and traveling to Wales, Europe and throughout the United States. This ended with Richard passing away on Jan. 28, 2018.

With her Welsh heritage, singing was a given. She sang with the Federated Church Choir for 40 years and Consonnaires for many years. She was treasurer for St. David’s Welsh Society of Nebraska, was a member of PEO, Delta Kapa Gamma, Retired Teachers and Eastern Star. She was an active member of Federated Church, including Women’s Fellowship, Church Counsel, and other committees.

Judy had many dear friends. They enjoyed playing bridge and attending UNL women’s basketball and volleyball games. Her life was shortened by aggressive cancer. She spent her last days at home, surrounded by family and friends whom she told “I’ve had a happy life.”

Judy is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Simmons and Ruth (Walter) Ludwig; her brother, Milton (Jacqulyn) Owens; her nieces, Megan (Douglas) Marr and Leanne (Fred) Correll; her nephews, David (Shelly) Owens, Bruce (Beth) Simmons, John (Sue) Ludwig, Paul (Uzma) Ludwig; and her in-laws, Frederich (Joann) Temme, Roland (Hiroko) Temme, Esther Brader, Caroline Caauwe, Gladys Juhlin and Wilma (Willard) Bartels.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Amanda Owens; her spouse, Richard Temme; her sister, Bonnie Lou Owens; her brother-in-law, Robert Simmons; and her in-laws, Alma Temme, Dorothea (Harvey) Grosse, Harold Ekberg, Harvey Brader, Don Caauwe and Russell Juhlin.

The funeral service will be broadcast live on the Gass Haney Facebook page.

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