Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Judy  Rantschler Memorial
Judy  Rantschler Memorial

Judy Rantschler

Judy Rantschler

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Judy Rose Rantschler, 68, a lifelong Skagit Valley resident, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Judy was born in Sedro-Woolley on May 20, 1950, the daughter of Rawson & Muthel (Wilson) Hornbeck.  She was raised in the Concrete area and attended Concrete High School where she was active in school activities.  She graduated with the class of 1968.

Judy was united in marriage to John Rantschler on May 1, 1970 in Concrete and there they made their home and raised their children.

Judy worked for over 30 years with the Skagit County Public Works department, first as a flagger out of the Concrete shop, then as an office assistant and finally as a sign technician manufacturing street and road signs.

While living in Concrete Judy was very active with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and then after moving to Big Lake in 2005, became involved with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sedro-Woolley.

Judy enjoyed board games, traveling working in her yard and flower garden, but above all being with her family which included many of the kids in the community.

Judy is survived by her husband of 48 years, John Rantschler of Big Lake; her children and their spouses, Tina & Eli Sanchez of Burlington, Carrie & Jeremy Fenton of Sedro-Woolley and Erik Rantschler of Sedro-Woolley; 3 grandchildren, Morgan Sanchez, Jalen Rantschler and Deacon Fenton; brother, Bert Hornbeck and wife Reta; 2 sisters, Karon Hornbeck and Esther Rothe and husband Tom and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rawson & Muthel; infant brother, Rawson Hornbeck; sister, Stella Teachman and 2 grandsons, Juan & Logan Sanchez.

Funeral Services will held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sedro-Woolley. Interment will follow at the Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Visitation will be available at Lemley Chapel on Friday from 9 am to 6 pm with the family greeting visitors from 4 to 5 pm. Memorials in honor of Judy are suggested to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


  • Regina Goins

    I am so sorry for your loss Judy was a wonderful woman she will be missed i cherish all the wonderful memories of her i pray that you all find peace and comfort in the love of your family and friends i. Your time of need just know you are in our hearts and prayers we love you all.

  • Peggy Moehl

    So sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Pauli Mickelson

    Erik and Family … I am so very saddened to hear about the loss of your Mom.
    She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you and your family…I am sending warm thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Gayle Anderson Ashbach

    John and family,
    I will be thinking of you and praying for you as you all move on through this time of sorrow..Judy was such a lovely person, a true lady. There are some people who are just special and Judy was one May our Lord bless you and surround you with His love and peace.

  • Joanne Swenson

    Thinking of you all. May the memories always stay alive. Wishing you comfort and peace. Joanne and Terry

  • Jim and Reva Johnson

    John,Tina,Carrie,Eric.I am so sorry for your loss.You have so many beautiful,loving memories,as does her many friends.Praying these will keep you close and somehow ease the ache in your hearts.She will always have a special place in my heart,because of her love for all.

  • Dyan Brown

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I have many fond memories of Cousin Judy when we were kids. There is celebration in Heaven now as Judy is reunited with her mom, dad and siblings. ❤️

  • Billie Bjornstad

    John, Tina, Carrie and Eric,
    words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. Judy was such a huge presence in your life and you were so lucky to have her. I hope that you find peace in your memories and the love that you have in eachother.

  • Pam Aldridge

    We are so very sorry for your, and everyones loss. Judy was a sweet, carring lady and she will be missed. hugs to all of you, Jackie and Pam Aldridge

  • Marilyn Simmons (Thompsen)

    Words can’t express the sorrow I feel for you and your family John. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  • Debbie Hill

    Judy, you sure will be missed!! I haven’t seen you in quite a long time but have kept up on your journey. My heart breaks when I think of how long and hard this has been on you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are for peace for all of you as you go through this.❤️❤️❤️