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Judy Ellen & Henry Joseph Kuntz ((Tessman))

The family of Judy Ellen Kuntz (Tessman) and Henry Joseph Kuntz are saddened to announce the passing of Judy December 21, 2022 who was predeceased in death by her loving husband, Henry on January 13, 2021.

Judy’s enjoyed a multitude of interests, crafts, and hobbies. They were usually shared with friends and family and extensive in variety. Including: Scrapbooking, Cricut crafts, Quilting & Sewing, Watercolor & Oil Painting, Knitting & Crocheting, Camping, Fishing, Treasure hunting, Metal detecting, making Greeting Cards, Hiking, Gardening, Jigsaw puzzles, Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, spending time with family and friends, she always made time and looked forward to visitors.

Judy E Kuntz was born on November 29, 1944 to Henry & Candelaria (Sena) Tessman in Albuquerque, NM. and left this earthly realm on December 21, 2022, after a two-year battle of Chronic Myloid Leukemia, followed by Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We celebrated Judy’s birthday with her and enjoyed Thanksgiving. Then on December 20, she fell gravely ill. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully the next morning at the age of 78 years.

It would be wrong to say that Judy lost her battle with Leukemia, because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined. Judy stayed strong and positive. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Judy. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight, she now has eternal life.

Judy married her soul mate, Henry on 02/06/1965 and were married for 54 years and 11 months.

Henry and Judy are loving remembered by their son Joseph (Angela) Kuntz; daughter, Hannah (Jon) Grady; grandchildren Sierra Kuntz, Tyler Grady, Megan Rubalcaba, Zerek Kuntz, Brandon Rubalcaba, and Kayla Grady. As well as family members: Sandy Riffel (Davis Kuntz), Henry (Clara) Tessman, Henry III (Cindy) Tessman, Charles (Cindi) Tessman; Joel “Jody” (Cindy) Davis, Sheryl “Sherry” (James) Wardlaw [Davis], Meschelle “Shelly” (Linus) Fox [Davis] and nieces and nephews.

Henry was born on 06/21/1939 in Texas to Joseph M & Elizabeth (McCoy) Kuntz. Henry was raised in Albuquerque NM and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Then he met the love of his life, Judy. Henry was in the Air National Guard. Together Henry and Judy moved to Montrose CO where they raised their two children on Spring Creek Mesa. Henry owned Alta Manufacturing for over 30 years. After a battle with heart disease, he was surrounded by family, smiled at us and passed away on 01/13/2021 at the age of 81.

Henry and Judy enjoyed many outdoor areas such Uncompahgre Plateau, Jamos Mountains, Hunting, Fishing, Photographing, Shooting, Prospecting for Gold, and treasure hunting in Tonopah Nevada to name a few of recent. Henry and Judy will be missed by the San Juan Shooting Range, Uncompahgre Treasure Club, numerous friends and affiliations over the years in Montrose Colorado.


Please join us as we express our faith, love and hope at 10 a.m. on Friday March 10, 2023. Henry and Judy want to be buried together. You are invited to join the family for a Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Matthew Wertin in Montrose Colorado 81401. All are welcome. Judy and Henry will be buried together at the Rite of Committal; burial is at Grand View Cemetery following the funeral mass; afterwards a reception is at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Montrose.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to so many who helped care for our parents during their illness; and loving our parents so well. Including: Connie Healton, Vicki Stuart, Elisha Cummings, Gerilyn Jo “Jojo” Senior, the staff at the Montrose Memorial Hospital, The Montrose Cancer Center, and UC Health – Anschutz.

Crippin Funeral Home is assisting Mr. and Mrs. Kuntz family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Judy Ellen & Henry Joseph Kuntz ((Tessman)), please visit our flower store.


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