Mary "Pat" Kuchera

Kuchera, Mary Patricia “Pat”, 78, of Fargo, ND and Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on November 23, 2016. Pat was born in Fargo, ND on October 22, 1938 to the late Val and Edna (Sibert) Gores. She graduated in 1956 from Shanley High School, and graduated in 1959 from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge, MN. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead, MN. She married Jim Kuchera on October 22, 1960 at Nativity Church in Fargo and they raised their three daughters in Fargo. They retired to their home on Big Floyd Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN where she enjoyed long pontoon rides and playing with her beloved grandchildren. She will be remembered for her selflessness, her gentle loving spirit, and that sassy twinkle in her eye. Pat is survived by her daughters Jenny (Joel) Rheault of Fargo, Julie (Tom) Gilbertson of Moorhead, and Jill (James) Kilibarda of Minneapolis, grandchildren Erin Knoll, Ellie Knoll, Emily Knoll, Timothy Gilbertson, Nicole (Zachary) Craft, Isaac Kilibarda, Alex Kilibarda, Jana Paskey, Julia Rheault, and Lauren (Sam) Merritt, and her siblings Vern (Colleen) Gores of Lady Lake, FL, and Ruth (Ron) Paskey of Detroit Lakes. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, her parents, her sister Ethel (Larry) Wagner, and her granddaughter Alaina Kilibarda. FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30AM Thursday, December 1, 2016 at CHI Riverview Chapel in Fargo VISITATION: 9:30-10:30AM (1 hour prior to the service) on Thursday

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  1. Jenny, Julie, Jill and families,
    We do remember the “sassy twinkle” in Pat’s eye as well as her loving kindnesses; all the good food and fun we had at their cottage. Jim told me what wonderful daughters he had & how much he appreciated all your help. May you find comfort in knowing they are together, and will always be there in spirit to guide you. I’m happy we got to share lunch and some phone calls.

    With our love, prayers and sympathy, Aunt Carol

  2. Jenny, Julie, Jill and family:
    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, Lots of good memories growing up next door. Your Mom always made me and my family feel welcome. I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. Christy (Nettum) Thorndal

  3. Dear Julie, Jenny and Jill and families,
    We are so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She will be greatly missed. Always loved talking with her at the lakes. She was so proud of her daughters and all the grandkids and family! She always made me feel loved and special.
    May you continue to experience God’s lovingkindness as you walk through this difficult time.
    All our love and prayers,
    Dave and Kara

  4. Jenny, please accept my condolences at the death of your dear mother.
    May she rest in God’s peace and love.
    Sister Bernadette Trecker

  5. Jenny,Julie ,Jill and families
    Sorry to hear of your loss,I’m so glad I was able to say hi to your mom at your dad’s funeral. Its been a rough year for you all and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.I couldn’t get off work to attend but I’m thinking of all of you.Hope you can get through the holidays with good memories and family!!If I can help in any way please call me or Facebook me.Vicki

  6. Jenny, Julie and Jill,

    I am feeling a void in my life too. So sad to say goodbyes. your mom, Sandi Roel and myself would take a few road trips around lakes scouting out the area’s looking to see if there were any changes, homes for sale etc. We would usually end up stopping at cafe’s that had the best home made pie and ice cream. Never did your mom say anything negative about anyone.

    So sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to you at the funeral. We came in just before the service and had to leave right after.

    Your family was so blessed to have such wonderful parents.

    Paul & Gayle Johnson
    Floyd Lake MN

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