Judy Olinger, 79, Huntingburg

Judy Olinger, 79, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, November 14. She was born in Huntingburg December 13, 1939, to Jacob and Freda (Kellams) Nahler. She married Norb Olinger December 31, 1958.

Judy was a 1957 graduate of Huntingburg High School and a 1987 graduate of 1987. In 2011 she earned the School of Landscape Architecture’s Distinguished Alumnae Award.

She is survived by one son, Kent; one daughter, Laura; and two granddaughters, Amalia and Hanna Frick.

She was executive director of the City of Huntingburg’s Chamber of Commerce from 1971 through ’75. Further, she provided 48 years of advice, designs, and labor to the chamber and the city of Huntingburg. She devoted her career to the renovation and beautification of downtown Huntingburg. Throughout the 1970s she gave 10 years as leader of Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cubs, Webelos and Boy Scouts. She was president of the Southridge High School Band Boosters from 1978 through 1980.
She was a past member of the church council of Huntingburg Salem United Church of Christ, in Huntingburg. She served multiple terms as a member of the church’s buildings and grounds committee as well as 45 years as a member and director of the church’s choirs.

She was a past-president of the Huntingburg Foundation, a member of Patoka 2000, and a contributing member of Historic Southern Indiana and Historic Landmarks of Indiana. She recently served as consultant with Huntingburg’s Stellar Cities Project. She volunteered many years on the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. She was a past member of the Huntingburg Music Club, Huntingburg Study Club and the county’s Celebration Singers. She earned the Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Leaf award in 2007.
Friends may offer memorial donations to the Salem Church Music Fund and “Gus” Grissom Scholarship Fund of the Purdue Alumni Club of the Dubois County Area.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Salem United Church of Christ. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Salem Church. Rev. Mike Thompson will officiate.

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