Judith "Judi-Bird" A. Eckenrode

05/16/1965 - 08/22/2022


Obituary For Judith "Judi-Bird" A. Eckenrode

Judith “Judi-Bird” Ann Eckenrode, 57, of Carrolltown, died August 22nd, 2022, after a long battle with tongue cancer. Judi was born in Spangler on May 16, 1965, the daughter of Richard and Donna (Lapina) Shero. She is leaving behind her beautiful mother and four wonderful sisters: Nancy Rezk, Barbie Sharbaugh, Suzi Brannock and Becky Shero. Judi was lucky enough to have lived (as an adult) with each one of her sisters when she needed that special love that only a sister can give and sadly each one of them will miss Judi’s magnificent cooking. Judi is hoping to be greeted at the Heavenly Gates by her dad, Dick Shero, who will most likely reprimand her for all her most recent lottery scratching; and also standing by, with his tail wagging, will be John and Judi’s dog, Cowher, waiting for his piece of bacon. Also left behind are many of her beautiful and kind nieces and nephews that lovingly nicknamed her Judi-Bird. Each one of them, from the newborn to the adults, filled her life with laughs and beautiful memories. Judi is survived by her sweet, caring and much younger husband of 23-26 years, John. (Judi could never remember exactly how many years of marriage they shared). When they met, John was her local bartender and at the end he was her Navy Captain. Together, always together, they explored the country where they drank, laughed, gambled and danced in their kitchen. At the request of the deceased, a private service will be held. Judi and John would like to thank the staff of 365 Hospice, especially Jen and Georgia, for their compassionate care in Judi’s final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Judi’s name may be made to San Diego Humane Society, where Cowher was rescued (visit; Florida Keys SPCA, where her beloved cat, Buddha James, was rescued (visit; or to your favorite local animal shelter or rescue. Arrangements are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., Carrolltown. You may leave online condolences at or on our Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.

Photos & Video

Add New Photos & Video


  • 08/30/2022

    Sending love, hugs and prayers for all Judy's family and friends. May all your precious memories hug your hearts always. Judi~birds love and light remains with you all for always! Nancy Holtz

  • 08/26/2022

    John, I'm so very sorry for the loss of such a warm & fun person as your beloved wife, Judi. Spent many lovely evenings having drinks & laughing while we were all in Pensacola. All my best to you & your family. She will be greatly missed. Judith Ciesla

  • 08/24/2022

    So sorry to hear of Judy's passing. Will always remember fun times shared with her and her sisters at the beach. Never a dull moment when Judi bird was in the house.

  • 08/23/2022

    Dear John and Families, We're sending our hope that your love comforts you through this difficult journey. Sharon and Walter Sanders "She is Gone" by David Harkins "You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left Your heart can be empty because you can't see her Or you can be full of the love that you shared"

  • 08/23/2022

    I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family

  • 08/23/2022

    I didn't know your very well, but I remember being stationed with John in Key West, and I can tell you that he has affected my career in more ways than he knows. I know John was the Captain he was because of YOU. So thank you for affecting me and my family's life 🙏🏼. - Jon and Angie Osuna

  • 08/23/2022

    Sending love n hugs to the family she will be greatly missed

  • 08/23/2022

    That smile just makes me smile! You will forever be in our hearts!

Add a Candle

Click a candle below to add a candle to your message.


Funeral Director

James E. Renninger


James E. Renninger