Judy M. Kuechle, age 76, of Forest City, died on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Forest City. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM on Wednesday at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Interment will be in the Forest City Cemetery.
Judy Mary Kuechle, the daughter of Ernest and Rosella (Stenger) Ray, was born on November 3, 1943 in Forest Prairie Township, Meeker County. She started her education at district 44 school and then attended St. Anthony’s School through the 8th grade. She then attended and graduated from Kimball High School in 1962. Judy moved to the cities and worked a few years at Honeywell. On February 16, 1963, she was united in marriage to Myron Kuechle at St. Mathew’s church in Forest City. They made their home in rural Forest City. Judy worked a while at finger hut before taking time to raise her children. She also enjoyed sewing with her twin sister Jane for 22 years and they were known as the “Satin Stitchers”; making many beautiful wedding & brides maid dresses. Judy was very sociable and was a member of several groups including, birthday club, slumber ladies, foxy five and card club. She hosted several parties and holiday gatherings each year. She was an active member of St. Matthew’s church where she sewed many banners, taught Sunday school and confirmation. She enjoyed sewing embroidery & crochet; and making hundreds of personalized aprons, dish towels, dollies & quilts. She enjoyed watching her “soaps”. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband. Her family was very important. She hosted the Fisher-Kuechle Christmas Luncheon so that the women of her twin sister’s family and the women of her own family could also spend time together. She dearly loved being a twin and spending time with her. Judy will be remembered as “the picture lady” after amassing thousands of pictures. Which her family will treasure.
She is survived by her husband Myron Kuechle of Forest City, children Christopher (Char) Kuechle of Darwin, Bonnie Holm of Sauk Rapids and Barbara (Nathan) Voigt of Kimball; grandchildren Kelly Jo Lemke, Hannah Kuechle, Samantha Holm and Riley Voigt and a great grandson Briggs. She is also survived by her twin sister Jane (Dick) Fisher of Forest City and sister-in-law Alva Ray of Litchfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law Irene Kuechle Meline, sister Betty (Kenneth) Sholtes, Joan (Clifford) Loch and brother Ernest Ray, Jr.