Judith Elaine Kirchoffner – Obit

Judith Elaine Kirchoffner, 79, of Crookston, MN and formerly of Grand Forks, ND, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021, in the home of her daughter, Tina Van Zuuk, where she had been living since this past September.

Judy was born on July 26, 1942, in McVille, ND, one of fourteen children of the union of Theodore and Cleona (Hensrud) Braaten. She was raised in Tolna, ND, and educated in schools in both Tolna and McVille. In 1975 she married Tom Kirchoffner in Grand Forks. Judy was employed by Simplot in Grand Forks for 35 years before retiring in 2006. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time in the comfortable surroundings of her home. Judy’s family remember her as a sometimes goofy but in a good way, and always sweet, mom, grandma, and great-grandma who loved her family dearly.

Judy is survived by 3 children: Tina (Shane) Van Zuuk of Crookston, MN, James Kirchoffner of East Grand Forks, MN, and Randy Kirchoffner of Grand Forks, ND; 9 grandchildren: Amanda, Haley, Abriana, Jessica, Jamie, Bryce, Karleigh, Austin, and Destiny; and 7 great-grandchildren: Olivia, Alexis, Ian, Jaxson, Avery, Vash, and Clara. She also leaves 9 siblings: Loretta Gothberg of Grand Forks, Sharon Eaves of Cando, ND, Linda Duray of AZ, Beverly (Ron) Egstad of East Grand Forks, Dennis (Jeannie) Braaten of Baudette, MN, Thomas (Carmen) Braaten of Grand Forks, Betty Fontaine and Barbara Fiest of Arizona, and Douglas Braaten of Cando; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Cleo Braaten; and siblings: Sonia Johnson, Donald Braaten, Vicky Seaberg, and Larry Braaten. May God bless the memory of Judy Elaine Kirchoffner.

A private family service will be held. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.

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