Judith “Judy” (Neuvirth) Sempeck
March 11, 1939 – January 27, 2024
VISITATION begins Saturday, February 3rd at 4:00p.m., with a Sharing of Memories at 5:00 p.m.
Judy passed peacefully on Saturday, January 27, 2024, with family at her side. ‘An Angel’s Touch’ care facility and Suncrest Hospice staff were also there to support her to the end.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and started playing piano at an early age. She progressed so far in her talents that she occasionally performed live on the radio in the 1950’s. She continued to enjoy music throughout her life.
After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1957, she went to Peru State College. Being an adventurous free spirit, she left school and embarked on a multi-year career as a stewardess (yes, she was proud of that title and poo-poo’d the more modern “flight attendant” moniker!) with fledgling Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado. DC3’s, propeller powered aircraft, were the planes she was assigned to, and they didn’t have pressurized cabins so it was even more exciting for her to fly throughout the Rocky Mountain west.
She returned to Omaha, was married and started her family adventures. Raising four children eventually became the most important, and demanding, part of her life. In addition to her children she helped with care of her mother and older brother after the early passing of her beloved father Henry Neuvirth.
She worked for title companies as her final career until her retirement. She traveled widely in the United States and Canada, and was able to even make trips to Africa to see the great outdoors and wild animals she loved – her final international trip to the Great Wall in China would be the pinnacle of her travels.
She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was beloved by her lifelong friends and close relatives (the “cousins”) – with some going back all the way to her childhood neighborhood. She enjoyed speaking on the phone with friends and family her whole life, which made her Primary Progressive Aphasia (‘PPA’) diagnosis in her last years all the more difficult for her. She was silenced but her voice and piano playing will always be heard in our thoughts.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Libbie Neuvirth; brother, Leonard Neuvirth. She is survived by her children: Scott (Jo) Sempeck, Julie Sempeck, David (Sheri) Sempeck and Dan Sempeck; grandchildren: Colin Sempeck, Shelby (Adam) Brundage and Alex (Kayla) Sempeck; and her beloved great grandchildren: Ben, Emma and Henry.