Judith Ellen (Klein) Larson

May 5, 1945 - August 2, 2020

After an 8-year battle with Alzheimer’s and a courageous struggle with COVID-19, Judith Ellen (Klein) Larson, age 75, of New Prague, died peacefully with her beloved daughters at her side on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Judy was born May 5, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Phillip and Natalie (Galinski) Klein.  She was raised on the family farm, graduated from Brandon High School and later went on to the Minnesota School of Business.  Despite only living 7 miles apart, Judy did not meet the love of her life, Ron Larson, until both lived in the twin cities after high school.  They married in Urbank, MN on September 11, 1965 and made their home in Richfield, where Judy cemented her legacy as the best mother in the world while being a homemaker.  They bought a hobby farm in rural New Prague in 1980 in order to cultivate their love of horses.  After the move, Judy went to work at Chart Industries in various roles and at the time of her retirement after 35 years, she served as their International Customer Service Representative.  She was a member of the Sand Creek Riders Saddle Club and Ron and Judy passed on their love of horses to their daughters.  All 3 girls showed horses and Judy was their biggest fan, cheering at every event.  She reveled in everything family, children and grandchildren’s events, trips with the kids, family dinners, and time spent together.  She was always quick to say I love you and was always ready with a hug.  She was the best cook, famous for pork chops that have yet to be replicated.  She was an avid reader and loved Nascar; her favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Judy’s greatest legacy was her kindness and soft-spoken demeanor; she was loved by everyone who met her, from her colleagues at Chart to the people she touched in her final years at Mala Strana.  Her beautiful blue eyes and her gentle smile will be missed by all who knew her.


Judy is survived by her 3 daughters, Jody (Jess) Janecek of Mounds View, Kimberly (Joe) Janecek of Blaine, Heather (Kevin) Seurer of Elko New Market; grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda), Joshua, Lucas, Tyler, Samantha, Emma, Audrey, & Caroline; great-grandson, Wyatt; brother, Richard (Denise) Klein of Carlos, MN.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald on March 5, 2017 and her parents.


Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held at a later date in Urbank, MN.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Alzheimer's Association is preferred.  https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=39209&mfc_pref=T&39209.donation=form1

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Ann Prochaska
2 months ago

Judy .as a wonderful mother and I enjoyed my visiting with her over the years.
Hold unto the memories,

Ann Prochaska

Roger Hansen
3 months ago

So sorry to hear of Judys passing. She was a great person, hard worker and great employee. She always wore a great smile that I will always remember. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.

Irene Thoennes
3 months ago

Judy was the sweetest person I knew. We went to school together. I will never forget her. Happy she was happy and enjoyed a good life.

3 months ago

Judy was a very great friend and was my classmate in Brandon High. Wish I would of kept in touch with her better, REST IN PEACE FRIEND.

Colleen Buszmann
3 months ago

I worked with Judy at Chart. I’ve known her a long time. She was a delight to work with and we had many fun times together. Sending my sincere sympathy to the family.

Barb Bohnsack
3 months ago

I worked with Judy at Chart many years ago. She was a wonderful lady. I am honored to have know her.

Peggy Erpelding
3 months ago

I loved working with Judy. She had a terrific sense of humor and a very kind person. She was one of the first people I met when I started at MVE/Chart and were friends until I retired. Our sincere condolences to the family. Jim and Peg Erpelding

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