Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 20, 2014

Judith J. Lindenau


For the past seven years Judith focused on running her own consulting companies, JWL and Associates and Focus Consulting and Coaching. She held other consulting roles with the National Association of Realtors, NorthSky Nonprofit Network and the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. She served as a mentor, coach and trusted advisor to many in association management and the real estate community.

Outside of her impressive career Judith loved playing Celtic music. She established the TC Celtic group which played at the Loading Dock in Traverse City for many years and is still in existence. Judith was also one of the founding members of the Original Dulcimer Players Club (ODPC), which gathers every July for a festival in Evart. She was currently focusing her musical talent on mastering the hurdy gurdy and penny whistle and loved playing music every Monday night and at various gigs in between.

Judith was also an accomplished creative writer and loved writing short stories and poetry. Most recently she published many of her stories on her personal blog ( She was a prolific reader who especially enjoyed mystery novels. Judith loved staying on top of the emerging technology trends and in particular teaching herself how to use the latest electronic gadgets. As a seasoned traveler she always enjoyed learning about new cultures, and after her retirement she spent several winters staying at Culmer Cottage located in Tarpum Bay on Eleuthera Island (Bahamas).

Of the many things Judith accomplished in life she was most proud of her two children, Jonathan and Sarah. Raising them as a single working mother she made countless sacrifices to ensure both were successful and happy.

Judith is survived by her children, Jonathan (Lisa Preckel) Lindenau and Sarah E. Lindenau; stepfather, Samuel Burkhalter; and a brother, Douglas D. Wood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Vernon “Pete” Wood Jr. and Alan F. Wood.

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