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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


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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