JUDITH ANN BINFORD was born on June 30, 1943 to Loren and Corinne (Krebsbach) Bruggeman in Mahnomen, Minnesota. She spent her childhood in Mahnomen where she attended school through the 11th grade. She was married at a young age to Richard Toczek. The couple moved to Engelwood, Colorado where their union was blessed with Duane and Kimberly. They returned to Moorhead, Minnesota where daughter Rebecca joined their family. After 24 years of marriage, the couple divorced. Judy then met Jerry Binford and following a courtship, the couple was married at Bethany Lutheran in Luverne, Minnesota. The couple made their home near Kenneth, Minnesota. Judy began working for Fey Industries in Edgerton, Minnesota and later at H.S.I. in Luverne as a direct support professional for group homes in the area. In 1999, the couple moved to Luverne. In 2009 Jerry entered the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, Minnesota. At this time Judy moved into the Blue Mound Towers. In 2019, Judy moved to Tuff Village assisted living facility in Hills and later transitioned to the Tuff Memorial Home. Judy died peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 5 days after struggling with health issues through recent years.
Judy was a current member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne and a former member of Grace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed card making, bird watching, crafting and playing rummikub. In her younger years, she enjoyed canning and making sauerkraut. She also enjoyed baking, which included her “hard” cookies. Judy was a talker and loved to visit with anybody and everybody.
Judy is lovingly remembered by her children, Duane “Zak” Toczek and special friend, Sue Thielen of Littleton, Colorado, Kim Shiek of Fargo, North Dakota, and Rebecca “Becky” Miller and her husband, Dion of Hull, Iowa; two grandchildren, Haley Shiek and Isaac Miller; siblings, Peggy Noll of Mahnomen, Nancy Reller of Mahnomen, Pat (Vanessa) Bruggeman of Alexandria, Minnesota and Jane (Ron) Kemper of Waubon, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents; and brothers-in-law, Dick Noll and Joe Reller.