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Obituary: Sister Judy Kaaua

Sr. Judy Kaaua, a member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Northern Province, died in Waconia, Minnesota, June 12, 2017, at age 70.

Born July 30, 1946 to Wilfred and Inez (Johnson) Plocher, Sr. Kaaua graduated from Moravian College in 1967 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

She worked as a math teacher and as a certified internal auditor in the mining industry.

After Judy retired and returned to Minnesota, she offered her gifts in service to the Moravian Church as local board member and treasurer, board member at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center in Wautoma, Wisconsin, Treasurer for the Western District, member of the Ordination Review Committee, the Larger Life Foundation, and the Provincial Identity, Purpose, and Organization Task Force. In 2010 Sr. Kaaua was elected to the Provincial Elders’ Conference, and re-elected in 2014. She chaired the Provincial Finance Committee.

Sr. Kaaua is survived by her father, Wilfred, and a sister Susan. She was predeceased by her mother Inez and two brothers.

A memorial service was held on June 24, 2017 at the Lake Auburn Moravian Church, Victoria, Minn., with the Rev. Brian Dixon and the Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller officiating. Burial was in the Lake Auburn Cemetery.

Memorials were welcomed for the church and Ridgeview Hospice.

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, January 18 — Psalm 13
Genesis 21; Matthew 7:24–8:4

You are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea. Psalm 65:5 (NASB)

Jesus Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17

Precious Jesus, you call us to be peacemakers in our homes, in our communities, and in our world. Help us to speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning, and hope into hopelessness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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