Joan Annette Kudla


Joan Kudla of St. Peter left this world for heaven in Jesus' arms May 10, 2019. Celebration of Life Services will be held May 17 at 2pm at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with visitation at 1pm, and June 8 in Oak Lawn, IL, Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials can be sent to First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN, Trinity Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, IL, or Mayo Clinic Cancer Research, Rochester, MN.

Born October 9, 1949 in Peoria, IL, to Rev. Karl and Leota Landgrebe, Joan learned to love the Lord, living in Peoria, Evansville, IN and Waseca, MN., where she graduated from high school. After attending Waldorf College, Wartburg College and St. Xavier College, she married Kenneth J. Kudla July 17, 1971 and raised two sons in Oak Forest and Tinley Park, IL. She was a high school special education para in Palos Heights, IL, and later moved to Ludington, MI where she substitute taught 7-12 at Custer, MI. She was a member of PEO in Ludington and active in several churches in Ludington.

Surviving Joan are her mother, Leota Fink Landgrebe, her sister Susan (Douglas) Peterson, her brother Timothy (Dorothy) Landgrebe, sons Todd (Kimberley) Kudla, Christopher (Jennifer) Kudla, granddaughter Naila Kudla, niece Brenna Brelie, grandnephew/godchild Alden Brelie, nephew Brock (Erin) Peterson, grandniece Brielle Peterson, and grandnephew Beckett Peterson. She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Karl Landgrebe, and grandparents.
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Lynne Mattice
May 15, 2019
I will miss her, so sorry for your loss. We became friends working at Custer, and were neighbors, bot living in Hamlin Township. Joan was a sweet, sweet lady with a huge heart
Tammy Smakal
May 14, 2019
Joan was truly a special lady. She touched the children she taught in many ways. My girls felt her love of education and will miss her dearly. Children don’t always appreciate the substitute teachers but they loved Joan enough to ask her to give the keynote address at their graduation. You will be missed Joan but heaven gained another angel. My deepest condolences to her family from ours.