Judith Rita Kirwan

Judith Rita Kirwan, 77, of Grand Forks, North Dakota passed away December 12, 2020 at Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

Rita was born May 15, 1943, the daughter of John and Lulu (Beiseker) Ruddy. She grew up in Grand Forks and was married to Edward Kirwan for 13 years. Rita worked a majority of her career at UND/Altru Rehabilitation Center. She faithfully attended The First Church of God.

Rita is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Audette; sister, Carmen Jorgenson; granddaughter, Ashleigh (Andrew) Curfman; granddaughter, Amanda Dewick (Audette); grandson, Blake Audette; great-grandson, Braden Curfman; great-grandson, Granger Curfman; great-grandson, Raynor Dewick; and great-granddaughter, Harper Curfman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John “Judy” and Lulu Ruddy, and her siblings, Marilyn Burgeson, Tom Ruddy, Susan Melville, Peggy Kiel, and Jackie Fichtner.

Private graveside services at Memorial Park South Cemetery in Grand Forks, North Dakota will be held at a later date.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

Kim and family,
A difficult year made even more so by Rita’s passing. She was a very kind person and we are blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and always.
With love,
The Ladd’s

Our sympathy to you Kim and your family. We have many fond memories of your precious mom. Steve has great memories of her too when he worked at the Rehab.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless her and your family.
Steve and Chris (Bogan) Rood

Kimberly, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at the loss of your mother. Many fun and loving memories of your mother Rita from Chuck and Monica Stephens family as she was our nanny after losing our mother in 1962. She willed be missed. Love to you all!
Jill Stephens Tunberg