Judy Kay Petragallo

Feb. 13, 1946 — June 24, 2019

From Pasco, WABorn in Namha, MI

Public Viewing

  •   Starts:
    Fri, July 5 2019, 3 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    5 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Celebration of Life Graveside

Judy Kay Petragallo, 73, of Pasco passed away suddenly on Monday, June 24th at Kadlec Medical Center surrounded by her family. Judy was born on February 13th, 1946 in Namha, MI to Jacob and Lilly Todish. Her family then moved to Burns, OR and then onto Potlatch, ID where she grew up and graduated from Potlatch High School.

Judy had many passions and talents. She was an extraordinary cook and loved entertaining. She didn’t need a reason to throw a party. There were many barbeques and gatherings at her home with family and friends. She made everyone feel welcome and knew no stranger. Her yard was always the envy of the neighborhood; beautiful and full of flowers, with a garden in the back to tend to.

Judy was also a creative seamstress. She loved making costumes for many different occasions, clothes for her kids growing up and quilting. Her humor was contagious and she had an infectious laugh.

In May of 1964 she married Fred Petragallo. At that time they moved to Pomona, CA where they had their two daughters, Franki and Angie. This is also where their lifelong friendship with Tom and Karen Drury began. 

In 1973 they packed up the family and moved to the Tri Cities. For several years she worked as the bakery manager at Albertsons. She then took a break to raise her two daughters and welcome her stepson Tracy to the family.

With her love of gardening she took a job at Willa’s Garden Center for a few years. Once the children were grown she started her career with the Washington State Liquor Control Board where she worked for 24 years and retired in 2011. After years of hard work and raising her family, she was at peace kicking back in her recliner, watching Hallmark and The Food Network, while sipping on a gin and tonic. 

The thing that brought her the most joy was raising her children. Every morning they woke up to her cheery voice over the intercom luring them out of bed with a hot breakfast and more often than not she would welcome them home from school with hot cookies fresh out of the oven. Fond memories include Sundays on the river with an overflowing boat of family and friends at Bateman Island, trips to Potlatch and Coeur d’ Alene to visit family and teaching the grandkids to make Krip Crocker aka glue balls during the holiday season.  She also enjoyed occasional trips to Wildhorse to play the slots with the kids’ father Fred and trips to the Lewiston casino with her sister Bonnie.

Judy is preceded in death by parents Jacob and Lilly Todish; siblings Joyce, Bud, Dale, Jeanette, Pete, Tom, Bonnie, Jerry and Linda. She was also preceded in death by her ex-husband Fred Petragallo.

She is survived by her children Tracy (Carol), Franki (Mark) and Angie (Zane); grandchildren Nick, Dustin, Taylor (Justin), Adam (Randi) and Lauren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews with whom she had a close bond with.

Judy was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first great grandchild who was due the day she passed away.

She was an amazing mother, wife and friend who will be dearly missed.

The family will have visitation on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Einan’s at Sunset Chapel, located at 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland. The Life Celebration Graveside will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 9:30 am at Sunset Gardens, located at 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland.

Guestbook for

Judy Kay Petragallo

  • I will always cherish the memories we have made with Judy. Her sense of humor and loud laugh she was always the life of the party. She knew how to entertain and was the best cook giving me many yummy recipes to use . I so wish we could of gotten together before you left this earth. Dance among the angels as you meet all of the loved ones in heaven . Prayers to all the family . You will not be forgotten.

    Dick and Linda machart
    July 3, 2019
  • Heartfelt condolences, for you all. My thoughts of comfort, strength and prayers in your behalf. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4

    June 30, 2019
  • A beautiful tribute to your mother . I know you are heart broken and trying to figure out how you can continue. She was a strong and beautiful woman and raised her children the same. You all are in my prayers and if I can help let me know, I am here for you .

    Linda McBride
    June 30, 2019
  • I remember Judy from high school in Potlatch. She was a year or two behind me, but she was so full of fun and lots of laughs. Knew you mom and Dad and they were both very nice people, hard workers. I worked with Lillian at the Potlatch hotel and I don't think that I have ever laughed so hard. Everything that came from her mouth was funny, the way she expressed herself etc. Sounds like Judy has had a good life and now she is in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. RIP God Bless!

    Jim Spangler
    June 29, 2019
    Lewiston, Idaho
  • You Will be greatly missed

    Natalee Thompson
    June 28, 2019
  • My heart breaks with the lose of my dear friend. I will miss her. I am very lucky we were friends for so long. My condolences to all of her family and those that loved her too. Meg

    Meg Ballard
    June 28, 2019
    El Dorado Springs Missouri
  • Oh Dear, my sincere thoughts and condolences to Frankie and Family .....I didn't know your Momma as much as your daddy, but still, this all just too sad for both to be gone now, RIP! YOU look just like your beautiful Momma, wow! I'll be there! What more can I say, Frankie? Feeling so sorry for you right now. I know the feeling. My Momma gone 1979 and my Daddy 1995......oh so sad for you now!

    Eloise Cummins
    June 28, 2019
    Kennewick WA
  • So terribly sorry for the loss to the Petragallo family. Judy introduced me to Mexican Food when y’all moved to Richland from California. Franki, Angie and Families- you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

    Julie (Wintz) Porter
    June 27, 2019
    Flower Mound, Texas
  • I knew Judy before working at the Pasco Liquor Store. I was the manager of the lounge at Cavanaugh's at Columbia Center and she worked at the Kennewick liquor store before they moved it up on Columbia Center Blvd. I started work at the Pasco liquor store in Oct. of 2003. Judy retired in 2011. There were many happy times working for Judy. She always had me laughing. She would always bring food from her home to the store so we could all have a taste. She was loved by all that knew her and will always remain in my heart. She was too young to be taken but I guess God needed another Angel.

    Erma Pardini Bowman
    June 27, 2019

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