Susan Kuchinski, 79-year-old resident of Swanville, MN died Tuesday, January 17 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg with Father Jimmy Joseph officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the church on Tuesday. The burial will be held in the parish cemetery. There will be Rosary prayed at 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday at the church.
Susan Schmelzer was born on May 7, 1943 in Little Falls to the late John and Coretta (Fimon) Schmelzer. She grew up in Little Falls where she attended St. Francis High School and graduated with the class of 1961. She was united in marriage to Robert Kuchinski on July 29, 1961. After their marriage, the couple moved to Thompsonville, CT, due to Robert’s job with Crestliner Boats. The couple returned to the Little Falls area in 1964 and lived in Flensburg for 10 years before buying their farm outside of Swanville. Along with raising her family, Susan worked many jobs throughout her life including Hoveys Steakhouse, Land O’ Lakes Creamery, Switch Board Operator at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Hearthside Restaurant, Herzog Roofing and Banta Publications in Long Prairie. For over 20 years, the couple also operated an egg-laying facility with over 60,000 chickens. Susan was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg, where she taught Catechism, cooked for funeral luncheons and sang in the choir for 40 years. Susan enjoyed learning new things, playing cribbage, crossword puzzles, and she was a very avid reader. She also enjoyed going on nature walks, deer hunting, fishing trips to Canada, tending to her bird feeders, vegetable and flower gardening, and her daily 'cat scans.' She treasured her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Susan was a wonderful cook making the best caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, and many other family-favorite dishes. She always made sure everyone else had their plate ready before she would eat.
Susan will be remembered as loving wife, mother and grandmother by her husband, Robert Kuchinski of Swanville; children, Robert, Jr. (Charlotte) Kuchinski of Rangely, CO, Sandy (Dan) Oehmke of Welch, Nancy (Kevin) Smude of Robbinsdale, Tom (Rhonda) Kuchinski of Crystal, Kris (Jeff) Daniels of Ramsey; grandchildren, Patrick, Katie, Joey, Drew (Sidney), Angie, Elizabeth, Aaron, Benjamin and Corey.
Susan is also survived by her nephew, Jim Schmelzer, and nieces, Linda (Karpinski) Arnold and Carol (Karpinski) Damhof.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Coretta Schmelzer; siblings, Jack Schmelzer, Barbara Schmelzer, Joe Schmelzer, Mary Lou Karpinski and an infant brother, James Schmelzer.
Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is Cherishing the Memory and Celebrating the Life of Susan.