- About Us
Judie was born July 8th 1944 in Yonkers, NY to parents John and Charlotte Sullivan by which
she is predeceased. Judie graduated from Roosevelt High School and also Westchester
Community College in New York. She relocated to California after marrying James F. Burke Jr
in 1966. Judie enjoyed southern California very much and returned after James was KIA in
Vietnam. She eventually met and married Garry C. Schkade whom she is also predeceased.
Judie and Garry lived in the San Diego area for many years. She was employed by the City of
San Diego from 1978-2000 assigned to the San Diego Police Department. While there she
made many lifelong friends. Judie was involved in many assignments while with the Special
Projects division, of these her most memorable was that of the establishment and design of the
new SDPD Headquarters and subsequent substations. Upon the occasion of her retirement,
Judie and Garry enjoyed time living between Fawnskin, CA near Big Bear and also on Maui.
She was an active participant in both communities. In Maui Judie became a certified Naturalist
with the Pacific Whale Foundation educating visitors on native sea life and one of her most
favorite animals, the humpback whale. While in the Big Bear area she served as a dosent for
the Discovery Center, volunteered at the Moonridge Zoo, and also was active with the Big Bear
Women’s Club where was was a fierce cardplayer. Judie was always active with something and
enjoyed challenging activities. In her 50’s she obtained her PADI open water certification and in
her 60’s she medaled in her age group in a 5K. She enjoyed travel to Alaska, camping with the
Mountain Rovers, and donating to a local wolf sanctuary. She had a great appreciation for both
classic and modern Rock n’ Roll music, enjoyed live performances, with Elvis being her all time
favorite. Eventually she relocated to Parker, CO after the death of Garry and was active with
the Parker Newcomers Club where she enjoyed playing canasta. Judie had a lifelong love of
animals, especially dogs and wolves.
Judie had an amazing sense of humor, loved to laugh and play practical jokes. She also had an
incredible love of life and for her daughters who she spent much time with and was fortunate to
share many milestones with.
Judie died October 28th, 2018 after battling Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) for several years.
Judie is survived by her daughters Jaimie Ann Wood and husband Clarence “Woody” Wood of
Ozark, MO and Caroline Ann Schkade of Englewood, CO. She is also survived by her sister
Jacqueline Fitzgerald and brother Christopher Sullivan as well as several nieces and nephews.
She also leaves behind her dog Pal and her very special friends at the San Diego Police
Department. Judie and her daughters very much appreciate her “cop shop” friends continued
contact throughout her illness as well as their cards, and calls; you were all very important to
her. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the San Diego POA 8388 Vickers St, San
Diego, CA 92111. Moonridge Zoo, Big Bear, CA (Big Bear Alpine Zoo) may also be contacted
for consideration of donations; POC Nancy Sargent 909-878-4200. A memorial service will be
scheduled in San Diego to be determined at a later date.
San Diego Police Officers Association (San Diego POA)
8388 Vickers Street, San Diego CA 92111