Judith A. Nelson (Calnin)

October 14, 1949 - February 27, 2023


Obituary For Judith A. Nelson (Calnin)

Madison - Judith A. Nelson (Calnin), age 73, unexpectedly passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 at home. She was born October 14, 1949 in Montello, WI to parents John and Florence (Krentz) Calnin.

Judith graduated from Madison East High School in 1967 and attended one year at UW-Whitewater. She started her career shortly after as a Service Rep at AT&T where she worked for 38 years.

She was a hardworking, single mom for many years raising her son Charlie on her own. She later met and married Donald Nelson who had 2 daughters and Judi instantly became a great stepmom.

She was an animal lover who loved feeding the birds and the squirrels and whatever other critters that came onto her deck. Over the years she had numerous dogs and cats that she adored.

Judi cared deeply for her family, helping to care for her parents, babysitting her grand-daughters and she never missed anyone’s Birthdays. She was an awesome lady with a great laugh who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Judith is survived by her son, Charlie (Amber) Denson, 2 step-daughters, Debra Burmah & Melissa (Dean) Herman; grandchildren Zoe Denson, Mariah, Alyssa and Trevor Burmah, Isabella, Tanner, Brandon Herman and Jazmin Crouch; great grandchildren Tryone, Larissa, Jacyn, Liam and Lane. She is further survived by her siblings, Mike, Tom and Tim Calnin, Jayne Johnson, Joan Smart & Pat Watters and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, John & Florence Calnin, her husband Donald Nelson and her nephew.

A special thank you to her nephew Mike Labelle along with Krissy, Bree, Roy and Dakota for helping with the house the past few years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm and Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N Sherman Ave. A brief prayer service will follow the visitation at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. 608-249-8257


16 Mar

Memorial Visitation

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

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16 Mar

Memorial Service

01:00 PM

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  • April 15, 2023

    We are so sorry for your Loss of Judy... As kids, we grew up together on East Washington...always had a good time.. Sorry we never kept in touch, but always remembered All of You.. Sending our Deepest Sympathies... The Wood Kids... Lea, Linda, Carolyn, Cheryl and Craig. We also lost Jeff and Chip and Our Parents.. XOXO

  • March 26, 2023

    So sorry. Worked with judy 30 years she gave me the best belly laughs I've ever had. Lots of stories about life with Charley. Will be missed but not forgotten. Sorry for you're terrible loss

  • March 15, 2023

    My condolences for family and my prayers to you all

  • March 13, 2023

    So sorry to hear of Judy's passing so soon after losing Donnie. May you and Don raise a glass in celebration to your reunion. RIP Dee

  • March 09, 2023

    Love you Judy fly high and I miss you

  • March 08, 2023

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