Judith E. "Judy" Degenstein

Nov 3, 2018
Degenstein, Judith web


3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Cedar Falls Western Home Chapel


One hour prior to services at the chapel


Garden of Memories Cemetery


To the family


Judith E. "Judy" Degenstein, 77, of Cedar Falls, died at the Martin Health Center of Western Home Communities on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Judy was born on May 11, 1941 in Waterloo, the daughter of Jesse Clair "Sid" and Marjorie Ruth (Beard) Merryman.

She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1959. She went on to receive an associate's degree in business from Hawkeye Technical College.

Judy married Don Henderson on June 26, 1960 in Waterloo; they later divorced. She then married Jerry Degenstein May 20, 1966 in Waterloo; he died January 9, 1990.

She worked for Black Hawk Abstract Company and then was the operations manager for Leath Furniture in Cedar Falls. She and Jerry owned and operated Bob & Jerry’s Steak Corral for many years.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Waterloo, United Methodist Woman and Mary Circle. She was a past recipient of the Woman of the Year award. Judy enjoyed crafting, especially making and recycling greeting cards.

Survived by her three daughters, Cindy Behrends, Sandy Crow, and Kathy (Russ) Huntley all of Waterloo; ten grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and a brother, David (Karen) Merryman of Kimberling City, MO.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son in law, David Crow.

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  1. Carmen Williams | Nov 06, 2018

    Judy and Jerry were very dear to my family and me many years ago. I thought of Judy so often and smile wheni think of some of our crazy party days. We all spent many holudays together.  We even vacationed together a

    couple of times.  Judy and Jerry will be in my heart always.  Judy you were quite a woman.  Peace and prayers

    to Cindy, Sandy and Kathy.







  2. Tanniaah Spates | Nov 06, 2018
    I hadn't known Judy long but she was a sweet, loving, kind and crafty woman. I enjoyed being involved in her care at Western Home. My deepest condolences to the family!
  3. Aimee T. Erne | Nov 06, 2018
    Judy was office manager at Leath Furniture when I was hired in Mar '99 & was like a mother-figure for me.  She never hesitated to tell it like it was.  When she moved to the Western Home, my mother & I visited several times.  Unfortunately, other than sending greeting cards to each other, we did not see each other after my mother had a stroke in 2009.  She was a wonderfully warm & witty woman & it was my pleasure to have known her.  All my thoughts & prayers to you at this difficult time.

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