Judith Katherine Wyffels Ahearn, 73, of Garner, Ill., and Estero, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Bonita Springs, Fla. She had been a seasonal resident of Estero since 2000. Services will be held in Illinois in April, and further arrangements will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to We Care of Grundy County, www.wecareofgrundycounty.com; Heifer International, www.heifer.org; or St. Lawrence Catholic Church Food Pantry, 165 E. Rice St., South Wilmington, IL 60474. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.

Judith Katherine Wyffels Ahearn, 73, of Garner, Ill., and Estero, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Bonita Springs, Fla. She had been a seasonal resident of Estero since 2000. Services will be held in Illinois in April, and further arrangements will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to We Care of Grundy County, www.wecareofgrundycounty.com; Heifer International, www.heifer.org; or St. Lawrence Catholic Church Food Pantry, 165 E. Rice St., South Wilmington, IL 60474. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.

She was born in Henry County on Jan. 26, 1944, the daughter of William and Alma (née Francque) Wyffels. Mrs. Ahearn was educated at St. Mary’s Academy, in Nauvoo. She went on to receive a BA in voice and music education from the University of Illinois and later an MA in reading from Olivet Nazarene. She taught music, kindergarten, and elementary school at Mazon-Verona-Kinsman High School, Goodfarm School, and Dwight Grade School.

After retiring, Mrs. Ahearn pursued her hobbies of cooking and gardening. She attended the Culinary Institute of America, in Chicago. She enjoyed entertaining and used her cooking skills and wine knowledge to host family and friends on many occasions. She was a noted pie maker. As a life-long learner, she took University of Illinois Extension courses to become a Master Gardener.

Mrs. Ahearn was an avid reader and traveler. She visited all seven continents. Her two most notable trips were a safari to Africa and a small ship adventure on her own to Antarctica.

In her free time, Mrs. Ahearn volunteered teaching English as a second language in Bonita Springs, Fla., and working to distribute food through the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, We Care of Grundy County, and the Food Pantry at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

The importance of family was evident in her life, as Mrs. Ahearn traveled weekly to see her mother, Alma. She also was sure to send cards and notes to her large extended family for birthdays and special occasions.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Lawrence V. “Larry” Ahearn; her beloved daughters, Jennifer Ahearn, of Westchester; and Christine Ahearn (fiance Don Trinco), of Chicago; and her sisters and brothers, Joan (Jim) Van Lauwe, of St. Charles, Mo.; Janice (George) Ralph, of Loveland, Colo.; William (Jane) Wyffels, of Geneseo; and Robert (Vicky) Wyffels, of Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Alma Wyffels; her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Mike Kuhne; and an infant sister, Julie Wyffels.