A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon for Idella Doreen Kuchar, 85, of Edmore, who passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at her winter home in Weslaco, Texas. Burial was at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery, Nekoma.
Idella was born July 14, 1934, to Bernard and Lena (Domres) Sperling on the family farm in Dresden Township. She grew up in that area and graduated from Nekoma High School in 1952. Despite meeting her soul mate after high school, Idella moved to and worked in Grand Forks for a short time before attending Teachers College in Mayville, where she earned her teacher certificate. From there, she moved back and took a teaching job in a small country school near Nekoma. On April 12, 1958, she was united in marriage to her soul mate, Raymond Kuchar, in Nekoma, and then made their home on a farm near Edmore. They raised their family and worked the farm together until they retired. They moved to Devils Lake, for some time then returned to Edmore. She and Ray enjoyed their summers in North Dakota and their winters in Weslaco, Texas. She enjoyed planting a large garden every summer and then canning and freezing the vegetables. She was also an avid baker. Her children, and later her grandchildren, could always count on tasty treats such as buns, donuts, pies, cookies, cakes, caramel pull-a-parts and a variety of Christmas goodies. Several of her grandkids enjoyed helping her and now can carry on her craft. Her favorite pastimes were playing cards with friends and neighbors and going to bingo as often as she could. She served on the Highland Township Board as secretary/treasurer for several years. She was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Nekoma.
Surviving Idella are her children: Randall (Patty) Kuchar and Ronald (special friend Ruth) Kuchar of Edmore; Margaret (Brian) Rydlund of Lino Lakes, Minn.; Kathleen (Osvaldo) Parra of San Antonio, Texas; Richard (Brenda) Kuchar of Michigan; grandchildren: Riley Kuchar of Langdon; Reid (Carly) Kuchar of Hampden; Robb Kuchar of Grand Forks; Megan (Jordan) Diseth of Emerado; Jordon Kuchar of Edmore; Katelyn Kuchar of Grand Forks; Derek Rydlund of Richfield, Minn.; Cynthia Rydlund and Jonathan Rydlund of Lino Lakes; Gina Parra, Emily Parra, and Matthew Parra of San Antonio, Texas; Marleigh (Kenny) Lybeck of Devils Lake; Seth (fiancé Allie) Kuchar of Grand Forks; great-grandchildren: Blake and Kodie Kuchar and Kade Lybeck; and siblings: Doris Trontvet of Edmore and Delmar (Carol) Sperling of Puyallup,Wash.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her daughters Rebecca Kuchar and Cynthia LaMotte, grandson Austin Parra and brothers Richard, Clarence, Edwin, James, and Robert Sperling.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Cynthia Kuchar LaMotte Scholarship at Lake Region College in Devils Lake or St. Edward’s Cemetery Fund, Nekoma.
Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.brooksfuneralhomelangdon.com.