Judith "Judy" Kolb


December 5, 1939 ~ June 23, 2022

Born in: Crookston, Minnesota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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Judith Elaine Kolb (Menge), known to all she loved as Judy, passed away peacefully in her sleep after her long fight with ovarian cancer and Parkinson’s, Thursday evening June 23rd. She was surrounded by the love of her immediate family.

Judy was born December 5th, 1939, in Crookston, Minnesota, to Rozwell and Elledy Menge (Johnson). She attended grade school at Lockhart Elementary and Ada High School where she was an active member of debate, played the trumpet in band and basketball cheerleader. After graduation, she attended Northwestern School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN.

On September 5, 1959, Judy married Ron Kolb. They were married 63 years. They made homes in Great Lakes Il, Moorhead, MN and Fargo, ND. Judy started her nursing career at the Veteran’s hospital in Great Lakes and continued her career at the Veteran’s hospital in Fargo. She retired working as legal medical consultant for the Jefferies and Vogel Law firms.

Judy was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 60 years, She used her seamstress skills to create banners and vestments for the parish including advisement of the interior redesign of the church. She was a Eucharistic minister, taught catholic education, and Prepare classes.

Her community involvement included, serving on the Moorhead Public Library Board, Regional Library Council, PEO and Junior League. Judy had a love of reading, especially cookbooks. She was an author in Junior League Cookbooks.

Judy’s love of entertaining for family and friends was her greatest joy. She was well known for her croissants and butternut braid.

Judy is survived by her spouse, Ron Kolb and her three children, Margaret Kolb-Tavis (Robert), Christopher Kolb (Monique), and Claudia La Liberte (Jim), and her seven grandchildren Alex, Elizabeth, Elaine, Nathan, Max, Joshua, and Rachel. Her sister-in-law, Rose Menge.

Preceded in death were her parents, Rozwell and Elledy Menge, and her only sibling, Perry Menge.

Very special thanks to the tireless work from the Hospice Organization and the constant love they supplied. Notably, Director of Senior Helpers Tanya Ferber and aides, and care givers Amanda Sedler, hospice, and Lisa Nordtvedt, who nicknamed Judy, “her Sunshine,” you have an extra special spot in our hearts. A special thanks to Judy’s dearest friends, your love and friendship filled her life with memories to last an eternity.

Per Judy’s wishes, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Moorhead Public Library, Hospice, and Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.


Visitation: July 1, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Prayer Service: July 1, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Visitation: July 2, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
218 10th St S Moorhead

Funeral: July 2, 2022 11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
218 10th St S Moorhead

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  1. I have such fond memories of “ Mrs Kolb” growing up across the street. She was such a classy lady. Easy to laugh and always quick with little joke with a smile in her eyes. My
    Parents thought so highly of the Kolbs and valued their friendship deeply. Our sympathies to Ron, Margaret, Chris and Claudia and their families. Judy has a special place in our hearts. With Love. Dan and Camilla Plunkett

  2. I am so sorry for the Kolb family. Judy was always such a delight and she and Ron were great friends to my parents! I wish you the best and we are all better people having known Judy. You are all in my thoughts. Kenny Plunkett (Bunk)

  3. Judy was a Beautiful Lady and always had a beautiful smile when you greeted her. She will be missed. Judy and her Family will be in my prayers.

  4. Ron and family: I was so sorry to hear of Judy’s death. I remember meeting her when she had Dad and I over for dinner when Mom was in the hospital many years ago! Such a warm and welcoming person. It seems you have been a part of my family’s life forever, first hunting with Dad, then with Mike. May your memories of Judy comfort you, and may she rest in peace. Nola Deplazes Dahlen.

  5. I had the pleasure of working in Ron and Judy’s home a number of times over the years. In my 40 years in business I have not met nicer people. They made me feel like a friend in their home. The world lost a good one in Judy Kolb. My deepest sympathy Ron.

  6. Ron & Family- I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s death. I have grown up at St. Joe’s and have known your family since you lived down the street from us when we (the kids) were youngsters. My main memories of Judy were of her years of service to St, Joe’s. She was very active as a catechist and a Eucharistic minister. Thank you for your service and rest in peace.

  7. The Kolb family
    My deepest and dearest condolences from the bottom of my heart, so many beautiful memories built and stored away from many years over at mom an dads or Xmas eve afternoon at your house the world is blessed to know and be in the presence of Judy May the sunshine on your face and your wind be at your back

  8. Judy was such a nice lady and I really enjoyed getting to know her and doing her hair for the last couple of years. I will remember her fondly – Thank you, Amanda Torres

  9. So sorry to hear of your loss. My family knew hers from there Lockhart area, and our grandfathers were brothers (Menge). I always admired Judy for her kindness, intelligence and accomplishments, and was proud to have her as a cousin.

  10. Judy was a wonderful presence in my family’s life, and I could not have asked for a more charming, helpful sister-in-law. Always kind snd thoughtful— that is how I remember her. As a gourmet cook, she happily shared recipes, and never left out an ingredient! My prayers and condolences to Ron, Margaret, Chris and Claudia and families.

  11. Dear Claudia and the Kolb Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Though it has been many years ago now, I still have fond memories of visiting your home. Your parents were always so kind and I always felt so welcome. One of my favorite memories was when Mrs. Kolb made Swedish meatballs for dinner. She shared her recipe with me and it is still a family favorite for us. I think of her every time I make it. My deepest condolences to your family.

  12. Judy was my first best friend. As little girls growing up in (near) Lockhart we shared many adventures, such as riding the train to Ada for summer band lessons. I have many happy memories of a beautiful little girl with Margaret O’Brien pigtails. Surely your memories of this wonderful person comfort you now. With deep sympathy.

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