Judith 'Judy' Arlene (Sauer) Zappone

Oct. 15, 1939 to Jan. 22, 2024

Judith Arlene (Sauer) Zappone went to the Lord on Jan. 22, 2024 in Spokane, with her six children and family by her side.

Judy was born Oct. 15, 1939, at home in Lamont, Wash. to Julius and Bertha Sauer, the second of six children. She graduated from Lamont High School in 1957.

In 1958, Judy was selected as queen of the United Service Organization. She earned a degree from Kinman Business College.

While on a bowling league, she met Bill Zappone, a school teacher. They married on Dec. 9, 1961, and began a family in Medical Lake, Wash. In April of 1972, Bill went to heaven leaving Judy to raise six children ranging from 3-9 years old. She was a devoted mom and created a loving and safe home. She was blessed with many talents to include gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, creating doll furniture from tin cans, designing clothes and making Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren.

She was a skilled seamstress sewing countless dresses for her daughters and the wedding gown of her first daughter-in-law. She also embroidered many of St Anne Parish's precious tapestries that are still used today. Judy traveled abroad with a close friend to Argentina, Chile, Philippines and China. She also traveled with her children to California, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C. and Alaska.

As her children proceeded through middle and high school, she began to work in the Medical Lake School District as a secretary at the elementary and middle schools. After 28 years, Judy retired as the executive secretary for the superintendent in December 2005.

She loved bowling and her passion was shared by her children and grandchildren. Judy continued bowling in leagues at Cheney Bowl and North Bowl until her 80th birthday. She was a master at assembling puzzles and welcomed assistance from anyone around her kitchen table. Judy was an avid sports fan of the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Seattle Mariners and enjoyed watching professional tennis and bowling.

Judy is survived by her six children, Bill (JoDee), Scot, Jack (Kim), Mike (Stephanie), Sheri (Stephen) and Judi; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and her siblings, Linda, Ron, Dennis and Tim. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Bertha Sauer; husband, Bill Zappone; and brother, Alvin Sauer.

Services are scheduled at St. Anne Parish, 708 E. Lake St., Medical Lake. Rosary will be at 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 1, and the funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2. A reception will follow in the church hall. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Holy Cross cemetery.

Flowers can be coordinated through A Town and Country Floral at Cheney, Wash. , by calling 509-235-8991.


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