|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1954|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2009|
Mother: Ellen Wedel Kotz
Father: Arthur A. Kotz
** In Loving Memory of Claudette **
Claudette is loved, missed and remembered forever in our hearts. Claudette lived in the Mpls MN area much of her life. She graduated from Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield MN and went onto graduate from college. She had a degree in the medical field. She contracted an illness from working as a nurse from a patient,and left the field. She worked at Anoka County Community Action in the Headstart Program doing outreach for low income families, assisting the children obtain educational resources, promoting Families to obtain resources to better their lives. She left ACCAP, went outstate as a Vista AmeriCorps Volunteer to help other families in need. She met her Son Bryon's Father when she was doing her work out of state. She returned to MN as a single parent, lived in Columbia Heights, went back to college again for computer technology. She now had her baby Bryon and was determined to provide well for her son. Claudette was a a very physically active person, very health conscious prior to her later life health deterioration. She walked a lot, hiked, loved the lakes,rode her bike everywhere. She had a bad accident with her bike and sustained some injuries sometime yrs back. In the 1980's When she needed a new car and the best deal was for a manual stick shift new car, not knowing anything about driving one, she went to a dealership, bought the new car, taught herself how to drive it, drove away.... Claudette was brilliant in so many ways. She had that warm wonderful smile and hearty laugh. Claudette was a good friend to all who knew her. She had beautiful bright red hair, loved to disco dance under the strobe lights in the late 1970' and 80's. She focused on being the best parent she could for her son and her career. Claudette was active in her son's schools, promoted his education. She was an active member of the Catholic Churches wherever she lived. She donated her time to community events to help others. Claudette was single at the time she passed away. She would have welcomed "Mr. Right" into her life. She dated some nice Men but didn't find him before she passed away. Claudette was a fun, compassionate, smart woman with a heart of gold. With a medical background and computer skills she continued to climb the ladder in a very good career. She was a master at job interviews. Her job interviewing tips for the rest of us were hiliarious. Basically she utilized head hunter programs, went to the interview telling them what she could do, others would pay her more, etc. hire her or she'd move on...kind of a take me or not, another employer will... She would usually get the job and even better pay. She was a highly respected, valued employee. She was a very skilled hard worker, upwardly mobile. She always seem to move up the financial ladder and got hired at the jobs she wanted. She was confident and smart. She built a new townhome in Burnsville in the early 1980's after beginning her new career. After living in Burnsville a while when her son was younger, she decided that she wanted her son to have the opportunities she had growing up in Mpls with her parents. She wanted her son to grow up in a more diverse area with more opportunities. She sold that home and purchased a home closer to where she grew up on S. Mpls near 54Th & James Ave S. Her son graduated from High School and left home to join the US Military. Claudette now lived alone after her son left the state for Military duties. Her father Arthur had passed away, her elderly Mother Ellen had sold her family home and moved to a Senior Apt with a Health Care facility in Mpls. Claudette starting to experience some progressive medical issues herself at that time. She was not able to keep working the many hours used to,she was experiencing many medically related physical symptoms. When Claudette was not doing so well, she avoided her friends. Claudette decided to sell that home, get another home that would be handicap accessible for her mother and easier for her if her medical issues progressed. Claudette wanted her mother to move in with her and planned to care for her mother in her new home. Claudette purchased a new townhome being built in N. Mpls. She was happy with the many features she got to custom add to her new home as it was being built. It was a beautiful one level home, accessible for her Mother Ellen to be able to live with her. Claudette continued having her own progressive medical issues. It is puzzling exactly what her correct illness was, maybe the combination of the illness she contracted from her nursing career and the lupus or MS. Unknown. Claudette's health deteriorated. She went from being a vibriant, strong ,active, happy, free spirited woman full of energy, with an aspiring career to being bed ridden & homebound from her illnesses and experiencing other symptoms. Shortly after she built her new home that her Mother could move in, Claudette's Mother Ellen passed away unexpectedly at the Senior Living Apartment. Claudette never recovered emotionally from finding her mother deceased. Claudette was overwhelmed by her Mothers death. Claudette's health continued to decline after Ellen passed away. She was a very proud woman and her life and lifestyle had changed as her illness progressed. The circumstances of Claudette's death were heartbreaking for all who loved her, especially her family. Claudette died unexpectedly, accidentally & tragically in a fire at her new townhome on Humboldt N. Mpls. The fire was contained to only her unit and she died from smoke inhalation. Claudette's end of life circumstances must have been very tough, traumatic for her family. It was shocking for all who loved and knew Claudette. Losing Claudette so tragically was a very sad situation for all who loved her. Claudette was a strong woman who gave much to the world. If anyone needed help, friend or stranger, Claudette was there. Claudette gave of herself to community agencies to help others in need before her health deteriorated. Claudette was altruistic and gave of herself selflessly to all the community causes that were her passion. She loved animals and promoted animal rescues, adopted her own beloved cats. All of her friends who remember her have good memories of her. Claudette always grieved the loss of her beloved parents. Claudette loved her family, especially her Son, Her Siblings & Their families with all her heart. Claudette was more proud of her son than any of her many accomplishments in her life. Claudette spoke very highly of all her Family Members. Claudette was appreciative of all her family did for her to help her prior to her unexpected death, when she was so seriously medically ill. We cherish our fond wonderful memories of Claudette and celebrate her Memory. We thank Claudette for all her good work she did helping others in her professional careers and community service volunteer work. We offer our sincere condolences to Claudette's Family.
Mpls MN Star Tribune Obituary April 26, 2009.
Claudette was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Ellen Kotz. Claudette is survived by her son Bryon Speaks, in the US Military, her brothers & their Families, Tom & Janet Kotz, Arthur & Renee, other relatives. Claudette's Family held private Memorial Services for her. Claudette was cremated and her ashes were given to her family. Her cremation was arranged via the Mpls Gill Brothers Chapel in S. Mpls MN. 612-861-6088. Claudette would have been pleased that her Family directed Memorials for Claudette to be sent the MN Valley Humane Society.
Photos, written Memorial Tributes, family tree & history, more about happy memories of Claudette are welcomed for her Memorial on Findagrave.
Arthur A Kotz (1921 - 1995)
Ellen Wedel Kotz (1928 - 2004)
Specifically: Family held Private Services
Created by: d lester
Record added: Nov 03, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119776740
Added: Mar. 1, 2014
In Loving Memory of Claudette|
Added: Nov. 5, 2013