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Judith "Judy" Ann (Fortner) Young

May 9, 1957 ~ April 25, 2021 (age 63)


Judith “Judy” Young (nee Fortner), age 63 of Griffith, IN., passed away on Sunday April 25, 2021. She is survived by her sons Dale Young Jr, Tyler Novak, & Anthony (Candace) Young; Grandkids Victoria Bayer & Chase Young; her father Richard Fortner; siblings Nancy (Mike) Stout, Richard Jr. "Butch" (Gail) Fortner, & Michael (Marcy) Fortner; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Jimmie Fortner and by her daughter Amanda Novak. 

Judy was a proud graduate of Griffith High School Class of “1976”. She was a 911 dispatcher for the Griffith Police Department for 24 years. After retirement, she enjoyed being Mrs. Claus for the Griffith Historical Society. Judy was a lover of the holidays, proud of her famous nut roll, pumpkin roll, & homemade cookies, she made with love for her family & friends to enjoy. When she was not busy around the holidays, she enjoyed rooting on her favorite baseball team, Chicago Cubs and her favorite football team, Indianapolis Colts! I can hear her now shouting “Go Cubs Go!” When it was not the holiday or sport season, she enjoyed traveling to see family. Taking her travels to Indianapolis to visit her son, Anthony & family; travels to Maryland to visit her son, Tyler & her nieces & nephews; and just staying in her hometown spending time with her son, Lil Dale. She enjoyed camping and going to the PGI convention with her boys. When she was younger, she loved playing softball (she was the catcher) with Griffith Girls Softball League. She dedicated her life to her family, friends, and the good ole Cubs & Colts teams! She was a big fan of Donnie Osmond and loved watching “Musical” movies. Her contagious smile and laughter will be missed dearly. 


Friends may meet with the family on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. at White Funeral Home located at 921 W 45th Avenue, in Griffith, IN 46319.

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Memorial Gathering
May 1, 2021

2:00 PM
White Funeral Home
921 W. 45th Avenue
Griffith, Indiana 46319

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