Judith “Judy” A. Silverthorn, age 66 of Oshkosh, passed away at her residence on Monday, January 1, 2024. She was born in Wausau on January 25, 1957 to the late Thomas and Phyllis (Trudell) Beacham.
As a devoted mother, Judy poured her heart and soul into raising her daughter, Kate. She was Kate’s guiding light, always there to offer support, guidance, and unconditional love. Her immense kindness extended beyond her family, as she was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Judy had a heart of gold and was known for her kind and giving nature. Her genuine compassion and selflessness were evident in everything she did. She worked for United Cerebral Palsy earlier in life, and was instrumental in the startup of Camp Sandy Wheels. She later worked as an in-home caregiver where she dedicated years of her life assisting others with the utmost care and compassion.
Earlier in life, Judy enjoyed traveling and skiing. More recently she took up basket weaving, woodworking and painting. She loved sharing her works of art with family and friends. Judy was an avid Neil Diamond fan. Her passion for his music was evident as she and her daughter attended numerous live concerts, including a memorable performance at Summerfest in 2012.
Judy is lovingly survived by her daughter, Kate (Jacob) Urbschat-Satterfield; sisters, Nancy (Ed) Hammes, Catherine (Ralph) Hamilton-Beacham; nephews, Tom and Jay Beacham, Nathan Hammes and C.J. Hamilton; niece, Cara Smith. She is further survived by many dear friends.
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Blakeslee and niece Sara Hammes
Per Judy’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The family of Judy wishes to express their deep appreciation to her healthcare providers at Aurora and at the UW Health Transplant clinic for everything they've done for her over the years.
Being a kidney recipient, Judy was incredibly grateful and supportive of donors. In lieu of flowers, Judy would have wanted those who knew her to educate themselves about how they can support programs that save lives. If you feel so inclined, you can visit Donate Life Wisconsin, https://donatelifewisconsin.org/ to learn more.