Judy Faye Jantschi, 72, passed away in her Castle Rock home on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 with her loving husband by her side. She bravely suffered without complaint the many symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s over 6 years. She was born April 17, 1949 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Archie C. Hobgood and the late Alice R. Veazey Cash. Judy was predeceased by her sister, Volina Annette Cogburn Baumgart and brothers-in-law Al Baumgart and Phil Cogburn.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Michael, of Castle Rock, CO, her sister-in-law Kathy Callahan, Fulton, NY, brother-in-law Stephen Jantschi, Sacramento, CA, and her nieces, Tricia Cogburn (Robert Barnes), Benton, AR, Marshell Davis, and her nephew Steven Cogburn, Hot Springs, AR. She is survived by her cat Shadow, who she lovingly raised from 3 months of age after her Dumb Friends League adoption.
Judy graduated from Hot Springs High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Southern Nazarene University. After teaching elementary school for 8 years, she returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at University of Maryland, College Park. Here she met and married Michael George Jantschi. She worked at several restaurants as a waitress to pay her own expenses.
She worked in the computer industry over 20 years for IBM, BDM Federal Inc, Computer Sciences Corporation, Loral Space Systems, and Lockheed Martin, and was a subcontractor to Unisys Corporation and the Federal Aviation Administration - Air Traffic Management.
At IBM she programmed computer telephony applications in “C” for the Computer Telephony System. She planned, implemented and did analysis and report for system capacity test. System was client server with telecommunication’s configuration: ROLM switches, Token Ring LAN, S/370 access and AS/400 access. Judy was awarded IBM Informal Award. Judy designed for trajectory extrapolation/conformance monitoring for flight paths. She coordinated analysis of fault tolerance requirements for flight planning, track management, conflict alert and warning design. She designed and programmed database for flight planning. Rational was used as development tool. Ada was the programming language. Judy also did requirements analysis and software design for client server mailroom system composed of OS/2 and PS/2s using Clean Room Methodology. Judy did software development of data management product – Booch object oriented design and C++. Judy contributed to Software and Configuration Library Manager (SCLM) development, an IBM commercial strategic software tool. The SCLM is most easily described as a software engineering tool made up of algorithms and programs used by IBM software developers as an aid to productivity. Applied to large software systems, it controls a diverse set of applications software. It further controls all the program components in a system and essentially the deliverables. It allows all the complex software pieces to work together synchronously. One main advantage is that it works with Ada, an advanced programming language developed through the Department of Defense. She returned to college and earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
At BDM Federal Inc. she was the Deputy Task Manager for the Technical Integration Task responsible for Military Health Services System (MHSS) architecture. She was the Technical Lead for the MHSS architecture systems’ interfaces. She recommended open system standards that interfaces should follow. She created logical E/R data model for MHSS technical infrastructure. Judy was awarded two BDM awards. Judy was presented a Northrup-Grumman Team Spirit Award plaque in recognition of her D/SIDDOMS - LOT 2 professionalism and team spirit. Judy worked on migration of legacy system to client server architecture for Department of Justice (DOJ) Regional Data Center. The team formulated customer survey tool and did interviews with directors of information systems agencies with the DOJ. With survey input created an architecture for the migration. She selected and planned integration of COTS products for the architecture. Judy produced software design for medical simulation and modeling product. She did preliminary design for Ground Attack Model simulator. Ada was the programming language.
At Unisys Judy was System Architect for Health Information Management system. System was legacy subsystem interfacing with client server subsystem implemented with Oracle, Powerbuilder, Tuxedo, and Decision Support function. She wrote interface requirements, analyzed existing system for redesigning architecture, did system engineering work for health information system proposals, created market research strategy plan for point of service system. She worked in JAD sessions and requirements analysis / management. She returned to college and earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Judy then worked as an online Computer Science teacher for Regis University in Denver, Colorado before retiring. Very few people in the computer industry who started out as software developers could rise to becoming a computer systems engineer.
As a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship, for her last 20 years, she actively pursued daily personal experiences with God by practicing twice a day deep meditative prayers and other spiritual exercises. She volunteered at the Denver Meditation Group as a Service Reader, leading chants and accompanying herself on the harmonium. She volunteered as their bookroom greeter. She volunteered to lead their special commemorative services. She also attended the Colorado Springs Meditation Circle. She enjoyed attending combined weekend spiritual retreats with all Colorado groups at the Franciscan Retreat Center and the Benet Pines Retreat Center. She travelled for weekend spiritual retreats at Encinitas, CA, Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, CA and the Mother Center in Los Angeles, CA. She attended annual worldwide Convocations in Los Angeles as long as she was able.
Judy enjoyed regularly hiking with her husband, Michael at state and regional parks and forests in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Arkansas. She also enjoyed hiking at National Parks: Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Lake Placid, Bryce Canyon, and Rocky Mountain. She enjoyed hiking at National Monuments: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Grand Mesa Scenic Highway, and Colorado National Monument. Judy enjoyed the planning of trips and hikes, a task in which she always excelled. She enjoyed road trips to all of the four corners of the state of Colorado, Aspen, and Dinosaur Land Utah.
Judy’s love for her husband Michael saved him body, mind and soul. She is his soulmate who taught him to lead a more spiritual life. She is his loyal and ever-caring best friend. She is the love of all of his lives, a source of ever new joy every moment of their lives together, and a more perfect wife than he could have ever imagined.
Judy was lovingly cared for in her home for the last 6 years of her life by her devoted husband Michael as primary caregiver. He wishes to acknowledge medical staff at Interim Healthcare for training him so that she could remain in her home. Accessible Systems of Englewood provided and installed medical safety equipment, a stairlift and wheelchair ramp. Synergy home caregivers and Denver Hospice staff assisted Michael and Judy the last 2 years of her life. We wish to acknowledge from Synergy: Monica Lopez and Alison Deacon for caring for Judy and Michael for the longest time periods and for their expert professional and loving compassionate care. Several caregivers acknowledged the loving gratitude that flowed from Judy’s eyes and by her touch. They all loved to see her beautiful smiles. We wish to acknowledge the medical staff of Kaiser Permanente, particularly their Neurology staff, for their continued support. Lewy Body Dementia Association’s LBD Caring Spouses support group and website saved her husband’s mental and physical health throughout Judy’s care. We wish to acknowledge Dr. Alan Blaher, DC, who provided Judy with chiropractic care for 15 years. Then when Judy was no longer able to travel, he provided in-home chiropractic care to Judy for more than the last 2 years of her life. His care always left Judy with a big smile, transformed how she felt and sustained her. He is always there for us as trusted friend and medical expert.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met. As an organ donor to the NIH Brain and Tissue Repository – California - Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center, we pray that vital medical research on Lewy Body Dementia will protect others from experiencing this deadly illness.
Judy’s funeral arrangements and cremation were made by Horan & McConaty in Centennial, Colorado. A future service has not been scheduled at this time.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Lewy Body Dementia Association https://www.lbda.org/, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, Georgia 30047
Self-Realization Fellowship https://yogananda.org/self-realization-fellowship , 3880 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90065
Dumb Friends League https://www.ddfl.org/ Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St. Denver, CO 80231