Judy Lauber will be missed!
Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, “Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?” “Outstanding,” Fred replied. “They taught us all the latest psychological techniques, visualization, association, it made a huge difference for me.” “That’s great! What was the name of the clinic?” Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, “what do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?” “You mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s it!” He turned to his wife, “Rose, what was the name of that clinic?”
I have been at St. Columbkille for three years, and nearly every day I have to ask Judy Lauber for a person’s name, some history about our church, or how we did things last year, the year before, or anytime during the past 37 years. Judy has been the face of Christ to thousands of people who have entered our church office doors during her time here. She has always offered a compassionate ear, and a spirit of service, and she has provided a corporate church history for St. Columbkille parish. Judy will be missed, but I am grateful to God that while she is retiring, she’s not really going away. Judy seems to know everyone and serves as a living computer who often guides and directs me. She has been my right hand for the past three years and I am grateful to her and pleased that I have her personal cellphone on my speed dial!
It has been a pleasure to work with Judy over these almost two years now, since my first assignment as a priest started at St. Columbkille. She has helped me to learn the ropes! She has provided me with guidance and insight into parish life. I have come to admire her dedication and commitment to the parish, and I extend my best wishes to her in the days and months ahead!
I extend my congratulations and deepest thanks to Judy Lauber for her many, many, many years of service to God and to the people of St. Columbkille. Judy has been the hard working glue that has held the parish together during pastoral changes and challenges. She was always my memory and brain – she knew the families, the details, the hopes, the dreams of so many parishioners. When an emergency call would come in and I could not recall the family, she would give me all the necessary information so that the family would be cared for in a pastorally sensitive way. Judy always helped me look good.
Parishioners might have been impressed that the Columbkille office ran as a well-oiled machine – that was all Judy’s doing. There were few conflicts between groups over space because she had the calendar well-organized. Judy had a grand vision of pastoral care that made all of us sensitive to the needs of those who were hurting. She gave of herself and thought others should do the same. I wish her well in the well-deserved retirement! I trust the parish will survive!
-Fr. Damian Zuerlein, Pastor, 2004-2015
I came to St. Columbkille in 1993. My first days as pastor were made easy because of Judy Lauber. She answered my many questions with clarity and patience. She alerted me to things I should know and people I should meet. As the weeks turned into years the office staff grew and the work increased. As usual, Judy handled all the change with calm and dedication. When I left St. Columbkille I knew that Father Damien would be in good hands. Judy, thank you so very much for all you have done for the priests and the parish. You are indeed wonderful! Enjoy your retirement! 😇
-Fr. Steven Stillmunks, Pastor, 1993-2003
I am so thankful for Judy’s faithful and devoted service to our Catholic Church, especially for Saint Columbkille. More so, I am thankful for her helping and caring personality for priests to help us to be the best in our chosen vocation. I came to St. Columbkille as a young priest and associate pastor in 2005. She was so kind to me, which left a very happy memory and deep admiration. She helped me learn how to work with people. She showed me how to apply my theological studies to the daily life of the parish. Her wisdom, faith and diligence inspired many of us who worked in the Rectory.
I watched how gentle and kind she was with parishioners who came to the rectory for variety of issues. She always found a way to provide help and assistance to their needs. I learnt from her and her husband, Deacon Eldon. She has been a great teacher to many of us priests that worked along side her and Deacon Eldon.
Judy, may God bless you always as you begin a well deserved retirement. But please make room to take my phone calls when I need your pastoral advice. Thank you so much. Be assured of my prayers and affection.
-Fr. Vitalis Anyanike, Associate Pastor, 2005-2007