Judith Kotrba December 16, 1942 - March 8, 2021
Judith Kotrba December 16, 1942 - March 8, 2021

Judith (Judy) Kotrba, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, at her home, with her loving family by her side, at the age of 78.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, With Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the Northwood Cemetery, rural Grygla, MN.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

Judith Ann Lee was born on December 16, 1942, in Thief River Falls, MN, the daughter of Harland and Anna (Hanson) Lee. She was baptized on May 23, 1943, and confirmed on November 4, 1956, at the Northwood Church on Moose River. Judith attended first grade at Big Grass north of Moose River; grades two through eight in Grygla, MN; and grades nine through twelve in Goodridge, MN, and graduated from Goodridge High School in 1960.

Following high school Judith attended the AVTI in Thief River Falls for Cosmetology, graduating in 1963. For several years she worked in Thief River Falls at LeMoine’s Beauty Shop and Jolene’s Beauty Shop.

On December 26, 1966, Judith was united in marriage to Duane Kotrba. In 1968 after Duane was discharged from the Army, they made their home near Thief River Falls and raised their three children – Lynelle, Brian, and Cara.

Judy enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, visiting, spending time at the family farm on Moose River, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Judy’s family would like to thank Hospice of the Red River Valley for their excellent care.

Judy is survived by her husband, Duane of Thief River Falls, MN; children, Lynelle Kotrba of Los Angeles, CA, Brian Kotrba of Red Lake Falls, MN, and Cara Kotrba of Warren, MN; grandchildren, Logan, Kalen, Shelby, and Lola; brothers Kenneth of Warroad, MN, Vernon (Arlene) of Cloquet, MN, Gerald (Betty) of Grand Marais, MN, Leland (Carol) of St. Cloud, MN; sisters, Delilah Anderson of Kalona, IA and Jeanne Brenna of Cloquet, MN; sister-in-law Myrtle Lee of Thief River Falls, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Earl, Harland, George, and Ralph; sister, Cerise Swanson; nephews Ernest and Keith Anderson, and Lynn Lee; niece, Rhonda Mastey; brothers-in-law, Theodore Anderson, Donald Swanson, and Russell Brenna; sister-in-law, LaVonne Lee; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jacob and Elsie Kotrba.