Judy A. Barelman

Judy Ann (Albrecht) Barelman was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior on October 13, 2020, in Papillion, Nebraska, after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.  Judy was born March 16, 1943, in Emerson, Nebraska, to Walter and Violet (Gutzmann) Albrecht. She was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on September 12, 1943.  She attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse in Thurston County, Nebraska.  She was confirmed at St. Paul’s on April 14, 1957.  In August of 1952, Judy contracted polio. She was taken to an overcrowded St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, for treatment and then went home to recover.  She spent the entire school year at home under the tutelage of her mother.  The polio damaged her spine, leaving it shaped like an “S”.   At Emerson High School she was active in vocal and instrumental music.  She graduated in 1961 and was awarded a scholarship to Midland Lutheran College for music.

At Midland she was a member of the Cleff Dwellers, a special vocal and dance troupe that traveled to US military bases in the Caribbean to perform for the USO.  She graduated with a degree in elementary education. On June 6, 1965, she married Herb Barelman.  The couple enjoyed over 55 years together.  They loved to travel and visited all 50 states, 16 Presidential Museums and over 17 foreign countries.

Judy taught school and was a homebound teacher. Her Christian faith was very important to her and she was involved in women’s and children’s ministries.  Judy was a member of the Bellevue Women’s Club and PEO.  She was a competitor and had a lifelong love of playing games, which she passed on to her children and grandchildren.  Judy treasured the friendships she made with her women’s bridge club and her couples bridge club.  She was an excellent cook and seamstress.  Judy always put her family first and cherished her role as a wife, mom and grandma.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her nephew Aaron Martin Albrecht, and her sister-in-law Mary (Schumann) Albrecht.  She is survived by her husband Herb; her children Jill (Tad) Mabry of Iowa City, Joy (Jon) Lee and Jane Williams all of Papillion, and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Barelman of Bellevue; her grandchildren Jenna Mabry of Birmingham, AL, Anna Mabry of Iowa City, Cole Mabry of West Point, NY, Kristen and Caleb Lee of Papillion, Gabe Williams of Elkhorn, Adam Williams of Papillion, Bryce and Matilda Barelman of Bellevue.  She is also survived by brothers Dick Albrecht, Mike (Joni) Albrecht, Rob (Connie) Albrecht, James (Kathy) Albrecht, and Terry (Julie) Albrecht; her sisters-in-law Marcele (Irv) Skelton, Eunice (Rich) Maurer, and Ann (Dennis) Ross.  Additional survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as her Swiss foreign exchange student son Jonas Gisin of Bern, Switzerland.

Visitation with the family on Friday, October 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Thanksgiving Church,  3702 370th Plaza, Bellevue.

Memorial Service Saturday, October 17, 10:00 a.m., at Thanksgiving Church.

To view video of the service, click the link below:


Memorials: LCMS World Mission, Mission Central and Orphan Grain Train.


  • Carol L Carr Posted October 15, 2020 9:09 am

    God be with you through this difficult time.
    To let you know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    Carol Le Carr

  • Melissa May Posted October 15, 2020 10:00 am

    You will be missed by so many here on earth but are beautifully welcomed by the arms of Jesus in heaven.

  • Linda Vice Posted October 15, 2020 10:01 am

    Jane and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you.❤️

  • John Bernthal Posted October 15, 2020 7:36 pm

    Herb–you and Judy had a great run and have a lovely family. This is a tough blow and she will be missed by her many friends and family. May God be with you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  • John Bernthal Posted October 15, 2020 7:37 pm

    Herb–you and Judy had a great run and have a lovely family. This is a tough blow and she will be missed by her many friends and family. May God be with you and your family. My prayers are with you. I wasn’t aware that she had Polio as a child.

  • John Bernthal Posted October 15, 2020 7:43 pm

    I was sorry to read about Judy’s passing. Herb— you and Judy had a long and wonderful run and were blessed with a wonderful family. My prayers are with you and your family and may God be with you. I was not aware that Judy had polio as a child.

  • Brett – Noelle – Delainy & Kiernan Baker Posted October 16, 2020 10:53 am

    With Heartfelt Thoughts of Sympathy

    Expressing deepest sympathy, and hoping you will find comfort in knowing others care and are near in thought today. Cherish the Memories

  • Michelle Wolfe-Sundermann Posted October 16, 2020 11:58 am

    Herb, Jill, Jane, Joy and Jeff,

    I am so very sorry for your loss!! Judy was a shining light and always welcoming. I remember hanging out at your house many times as a teenager. May you find strength in knowing she is at peace in heaven! Sending love and prayers during this difficult time!!

  • Betty Lewis Posted October 16, 2020 5:31 pm

    Remembering the Barelman family from Twin Ridge days. Sympathies to the family.

  • Kim Vu Friesen Posted October 16, 2020 8:41 pm

    May the Holy Spirit’s comfort and strength be with each family member during this time of loss. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  • Dennis Wallwey Posted October 17, 2020 8:25 am

    Expressing my condolences to Herb and all of the family. Remembering our years together in Sunday School, Confirmation, High School and our four years of the “3 cousins” as organist at St. Paul Church.

  • John and Nancy BEILKE Posted October 18, 2020 11:34 am

    Herb and family: Nancy and I extend our deepest sympathy at this time of grief. May the Good Lord sustain all of the family, and think about all the happier times with Judy. John & Nancy Beilke

  • Wilma Morse Posted October 18, 2020 3:43 pm

    We want to add our condolences to the family as well. I was one of the three cousins that Mr. Carr had the patience to help us become church organists. Judy was my 2nd cousin, room mate at Midland College for a semester and one of the 12 in our graduating Class of 1961 at Emerson High School. I watched her Service of Celebration. It was a beautiful tribute to her life. She has a wonderful family. Thank you so much for sharing the Service with us. God’s blessings of comfort be with you!

    • Tracy Brown-Rowe Posted November 25, 2020 4:41 pm

      We are so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing. She will be missed more than words can say. ❤️🌹❤️

      With love,
      Mary Jarmon-Cooper and the Brown’s Family ❤️🌹❤️

    • Tracy Brown-Rowe Posted November 25, 2020 4:43 pm

      We are so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing. She will be missed more than words can say. ❤️🌹❤️

      With love,
      Mary Jarmon-Cooper and the Brown’s Family ❤️🌹❤️

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