In Loving Memory of Juanita Dorr-Kuehn
Juanita Dorr-Kuehn didn't want an obituary. She didn't want a funeral or a memorial service either. She was modest like that, perhaps to a fault. While she didn't give herself enough credit for it, she understood more than most how to love people.
We will miss her Christmas cookies, birthday cards and great love of cats. We will miss her genuine hugs (always paired with a kiss on the cheek), faithful check-ins, and heartfelt messages. We will miss the way she got people to laugh - even her hospice nurses - at the funny things in life.
The world got 83 years with her before she left us on November 11. But she never let her age define how she interacted with people. As a result, she was loved by everyone - from her family, to the students and coworkers she helped at Madison College, to the fellow exercisers in her son's fitness classes, to the hospital staff who helped her through cancer.
Juanita always showed up for family in every way, big or small. Her quiet and unwavering support was both overwhelming and reassuring in all the best ways. Everything she did was with a steady love and comforting warmth that she consistently shrugged off as just "what you do."
She said she didn't want anything fancy done when she passed. "Everyone just have a meal together and say something nice about me." She gave us a lot of material to work with to find something nice to say about her.
To Juanita, family and friends weren't just important things; they were everything. Since we're her family, she'll just have to forgive us for this small publication against her wishes. We couldn't let her beautiful life slip by without more of the world knowing just how blessed we were to be her everything.