Judith Emilie “Judy” Kadlec, age 72, of Hutchinson, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, showing her strong will to live her life to the absolute fullest, despite the challenges that cancer happened to bring over the past two years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Paul Schumacher will be the celebrant, and Alice Nowak will be the organist for the Mass. Special music will be offered by Mike Wendolek and Lucy Newcomb. Interment will be at the Bohemian National Cemetery.
There will be visitation Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2-6 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary recited at 3 p.m., and a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday morning at the church, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Judy’s six grandchildren will be her casket bearers.
A Scottish wake will take place at Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 after the interment to share stories and memories of Judy, to raise a glass and toast the life she lived so well. As Judy would say, “If you’re going to do it, do it right!”
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is handling the arrangements.
Judy was born March 7, 1945, at home, on a farm near Lamberton, the daughter of Wilfred and Emilie (Galloway) Landkammer.
She graduated from Winthrop High School. Growing up, Judy was a member of the musical group “Cornfield Canaries,” and played clarinet and sax in their family band, ‘“Landkammer SwingJammers.”
Judith and Jerome J. Kadlec were joined in holy marriage April 24, 1965, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. God blessed their marriage with three children.
Judy was employed at 3M, as a nursing assistant at Burns Manor, was a seamstress for many years, and also a manager at Maytag Laundry and Car Wash.
She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, fishing, traveling the world, baking bread, growing poppyseed, making kolaches, making new friends, making conversation, and adoring her grandchildren with the willingness to stop whatever she was doing, to live in the moment with them.
A faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Judy proudly served as its first female Eucharistic Minister, bringing communion to the sick and homebound members of the parish.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jerome J. “Jerry” Kadlec; children Melissa Kadlec of St. Paul, Tony (Marata) Kadlec of Hutchinson ,and Andy (Sigrun) Kadlec of Duluth; six grandchildren: Kristina Green and Andrew Green; Theodore, Anton and Nikolas Kadlec; and Odinn Kadlec; siblings Jerry (Kris) Landkammer of Tampa, FL, Roberta (Tom) Brunberg, Jim (Judy) Landkammer, all of Chanhassen, Joe Landkammer of Watertown, Mary (Denny) Oscarson, Jane (Denny) Guertin, all of Waconia, Debbie Landkammer of Cascade, CO, and Lori (Rick Reininger) Schmidt of Eden Prairie; and many other relatives and friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings Jon Landkammer, Bob Landkammer, and Patty Bigaouette.