Lottie (Kuras) Urban, age 90, of Hutchinson, formerly of Dassel, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at the Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson.
She was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Silver Lake, the daughter of John and Anastasia (Juncewski) Kuras. Lottie was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
She received her education at District 80 School in rural Silver Lake.
Lottie was united in marriage to Fred Urban June 7, 1944, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. This marriage was blessed with four children: Dianne, Janet, Karen, and David.
Lottie and Fred resided and farmed south of Dassel in Collinwood Township, Meeker County. They retired from active farming and moved to a hobby farm in 1988.
In 1994, they moved into Hutchinson. Lottie and Fred shared 50 years of marriage until Fred passed away Oct. 28, 1994.
In addition to being a partner in the farming operation, Lottie held employment at 3M in Hutchinson for 17 years. She retired in 1985, and continued to work part time as a sample clerk in the local grocery stores.
Lottie was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson.
She loved living on the farm; raising laying hens, and driving a tractor doing field work.
Lottie enjoyed keeping busy. Her interests included gardening, making rugs on her rug loom, refinishing furniture, going to weekly auctions and garage sales, working on various craft projects, dancing, and listening to polka music.
A loving homemaker, Lottie took great pride in decorating and baking for the Christmas season.
She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Lottie is survived by her children, Dianne (and Dennis) Rath of Hutchinson, Janet (and Wayne) Cafferty of Winsted, Karen (and Mike) Beadles of St. Louis Park, and David (and Lola) Urban of Dassel; grandchildren Darrin (and Erin) Rath of Santa Rosa, CA, Doreen (and Randy) Metts of Hutchinson, Danette (and Greg) Smith of Inver Grove Heights, Denise Rath of Bloomington, Melanie (and Tim) Hale of Riverside, CA, Alicia (and Will) Hendry of Westminster, CA, Rachelle (and Chris) Eugene of Riverside, CA, Mark Urban of St. Cloud, Kristen Urban of Minneapolis, and Ryan Urban of Duluth; and great-grandchildren Allison Rath, Jonathan Rath, Landon Smith, Derek Smith, Rachel Hale, Mitchell Hale, Maci Hendry, Caden Hendry, Kaitlyn Eugene, and Evan Eugene; as well as nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Fred, Lottie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anastasia Kuras; siblings and their spouses, Angeline (and Leo) Nowak, Rose (and Harold) Dressler, and Ernest (and Betty) Kuras; and a brother-in-law, Henry Trnka.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with Father Paul Schumacher officiating. Bev Wangerin was the organist, and the song leader was Bobbie Ludewig. Musical selections included “Amazing Grace,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Table of Plenty,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman,” and “How Great Thou Art.” A spring interment will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Darwin.
Casket bearers were Lottie’s nephews Marvin Kuras, Leo Nowak, Jr., and Terry Mraz; grandsons Darrin Rath and Mark Urban; and grandson-in-law Randy Metts
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.