In 1959, Judy’s high school sweetheart, Don Shilt, told her he couldn’t live without her. The couple married shortly thereafter, moving to California for Don’s Marine Corp military posting. There she gave birth to her first daughter Victoria, starting what would become a close-knit and loving family. Together Don and Judyraised three daughters, Victoria, Rebecca, and Monica, who all went on to found families of their own, following the example of their parents who followed Christ with their whole heart.
Judy was an active member of her church and a faithful follower of Jesus. Her faith was a source of great strength for her throughout her life, and a comfort at its end. In addition to the wise Christian leadership and counsel she shared with her family, she taught and led many classes and workshops in the area Christian Churches. Judy worked for many years as an executive assistant with the Antenen family of Hamilton, Ohio. After Don’s unexpected death in 1991, she continued to be involved by serving in critical roles with Citizen’s for Community Values and Woodland Lakes Christian camp. In her retirement years she enjoyed volunteering with projects that helped those who were underprivileged, at the Taft and with Angel Flight. Her legacy lives on in those she nurtured throughout her lifeand the many projects she helped make a reality.
Though she called many places home throughout her life, from the hills of Kentucky to the beaches of Florida, none meant more to Judy than being close to her family in Ohio. Her greatest joys in life sprang from seeing all her children involved in serving the Lord, to witness their educational accomplishments and being there for the weddings of many of her grandchildren. She lived to spend time with her first great-grandaughter, Claire Marie Butler and to welcome the most recent addition to the family, Levi Brenton Hickson, born December 16th, 2022.
Judy is preceded in death by her first husband, Donald (Don) Shilt, and grandson, Brenton Donald Bittinger, who she looks forward to seeing again in Heaven. She is survived by her husband, Dale McCann who she married in 1999. Her legacy lives on in her daughters - Victoria (Timothy) Rocheleau, Rebecca (Douglas) Bittinger and Monica (Wayne) Siferd, as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren who were blessed to callher Mamaw. Her grandchildren are Sarah (Richard Uber) Rocheleau, Hannah (Jared) Rocheleau Burseth, Rebekah (Jamar) Rocheleau Wilson, Megan (Austin) Bittinger Butler, Deborah (Ben) Rocheleau Owens, Lindsey (Aaron) Bittinger Hickson, Joshua Rocheleau, and Noah (Olivia) Rocheleau.
She will be missed dearly but remembered lovingly by future generations of her family who owe her everything.
Visitation will be Friday December 30 from 10am until time of funeral service at 11am at the Stone Center, Christian Village at Mason located at 411 Western Row Rd. in Mason, Ohio. Pastor David Hargrave officiating.
Judy requested that Memorial Donations be sent to Woodland Lakes Christian Camp and Retreat Center, 3054 Lindale Mt Holly Rd, Amelia, Ohio 45102.