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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


Tuesday, June 19 — Psalm 78:1–8
Numbers 34; Luke 3:1–20

Who observes my ordinances, and follows my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity. Ezekiel 18:17

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18–19

God of action—we think we know it all. Forgive us such foolishness. Let us ponder your blood, for it is more precious than silver or gold; our children are listening to our words and watching what we do. Amen.

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