Jody (Diel) Luddy, 80, of Urbana, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Amber Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Urbana. Her given name was Jewell Joan Diel, but her family, friends, and co-workers all knew her as Jody. Jody was born on March 8, 1941, in Newton, Illinois to Lowell L. and Carma J. (Isley) Diel.
She is survived by her mother, Carma of Urbana, her brothers, Al (Gloria) of California, Maryland, Steve (Rita) of Robinson, Doug (Jan) of Newton, and Brad (Debra) of Champaign. She is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Stephanie Schantz, Eve Diel, Angela Diel, Kate Imhoff, Jessica Hargan, and Greg Diel, great nieces and nephews, Zoe Schantz, Elizabeth Imhoff, Riley Schantz, Rob Imhoff, Nate Schantz, and Joey Hargan, along with many cousins throughout Illinois and Missouri. She was preceded in death by her father, Lowell L. Diel, in 1999.
Jody graduated from Newton Community High School. She attended and graduated from the Julia Burnham School of Nursing in Champaign, Illinois, and was a registered nurse for 24 years in the local community specializing in dermatology. While she enjoyed her career in nursing, Jody sought a new challenge and returned to school at Parkland Jr. College in Champaign to become an office professional. After completing her studies, she began her next career as an Administrative Secretary with the Office of University Counsel at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she retired in 2007 after 22 years.
Jody was a faithful, long-time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Champaign. She was active in the Church choir and loved singing and music in general. Jody had a great love and appreciation for nature and animals throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially cherished visiting and travel adventures with her cousin, Ruby Jean. Jody also had the good fortune
of traveling to South Africa with friends prior to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was so happy for this amazing travel experience.
Upon retirement, Jody took on the role of overseeing evening activities with her mother and they spent many enjoyable nights dining out at Arby’s and Taffie’s. Eventually, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease became evident, and Jody had to stop driving. She and her mother were able to live together at home for several years until they both moved, first to Willowbrook Memory Care in Savoy and finally to Amber Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbana. Our family is thankful for the care she received at both facilities.
Visitation and memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 18 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. Christian burial will be held at Gila Lutheran Cemetery, Gila, Illinois at 1:30 p.m.
Freese Funeral Home, 407 N. Bourne Street, Tolono, is in charge of arrangements.
Masks and social distancing will be required to enter the Church pursuant to Covid-19 protocol.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois c/o University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801 or online at https://uif.uillinois.edu/give/
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