Judith (Judy) Kolb


Judith Elaine Kolb (Menge), known to all she loved as Judy, passed away peacefully in her sleep after her long fight with ovarian cancer and Parkinson’s, Thursday evening June 23rd. She was surrounded by the love of her immediate family.

Judy was born December 5th, 1939, in Crookston, Minnesota, to Rozwell and Elledy Menge (Johnson). She attended grade school at Lockhart Elementary and Ada High School where she was an active member of debate, played the trumpet in band and basketball cheerleader. After graduation, she attended Northwestern School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN.

On September 5, 1959, Judy married Ron Kolb. They were married 63 years. They made homes in Great Lakes Il, Moorhead, MN and Fargo, ND. Judy started her nursing career at the Veteran’s hospital in Great Lakes and continued her career at the Veteran’s hospital in Fargo. She retired working as legal medical consultant for the Jefferies and Vogel Law firms.

Judy was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 60 years. She used her seamstress skills to create banners and vestments for the parish including advisement of the interior redesign of the church. She was a Eucharistic minister, taught catholic education, and Prepare classes.

Her community involvement included, serving on the Moorhead Public Library Board, Regional Library Council, PEO and Junior League. Judy had a love of reading, especially cookbooks. She was an author in Junior League Cookbooks.

Judy’s love of entertaining for family and friends was her greatest joy. She was well known for her croissants and butternut braid.

Judy is survived by her spouse, Ron Kolb and her three children, Margaret Kolb-Tavis (Robert), Christopher Kolb (Monique), and Claudia La Liberte (Jim), and her seven grandchildren Alex, Elizabeth, Elaine, Nathan, Max, Joshua, and Rachel and her sister-in-law, Rose Menge.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Rozwell and Elledy Menge, and her only sibling, Perry Menge.

Very special thanks to the tireless work from the Hospice Organization and the constant love they supplied. Notably, Director of Senior Helpers Tanya Ferber and aides, and care givers Amanda Sedler, hospice, and Lisa Nordtvedt, who nicknamed Judy, “her Sunshine,” you have an extra special spot in our hearts. A special thanks to Judy’s dearest friends, your love and friendship filled her life with memories to last an eternity.

Per Judy’s wishes, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Moorhead Public Library, Hospice, and Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, with visitation one hour prior at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery South.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. To sign the online guestbook, go to

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