Nerat had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma during her one term in the legislature from 2009-to-2010. Nerat was the first woman elected to the state House from the Upper Peninsula, representing Delta Dickinson and Menominee counties.
She was born in Daggett, and graduated from the Milwaukee College of Beauty Culture and went on to own her own beauty salon. She also served on the Menominee County Road Commission and had worked part-time in a nursing home.
House Democratic leader-elect Tim Greimel issued a statement saying, “Those who served with and knew Judy remember her as a hard-working and dedicated advocate for the families and children of the Upper Peninsula. Judy was a pioneer, first as a 10-year member of the Menominee Road Commission, then as the first woman to be elected to the state House from the Upper Peninsula. Judy’s siblings, children and grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers.”
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