Judit Baranyi Church 1976 - 2018

Judy Church was an active member of the Hungarian community since her arrival to Minnesota in 2010. She was a devoted volunteer on our events and programs (dinner parties, Festival of Nations exhibit booth, etc.) and she was the main organizer of the annual Hungarian Camping trips.
From very young age her children participated in the Hungarian Kids Club, and as the kids grew they enrolled to the Hungarian weekend school. Her family always supported the Hungarian school with donations. Her Hungarian heritage was important to her, and from 2018 spring semester she was the teacher of the Pöttöm Mókus (Tiny Squirrel) Group, teaching preschool aged kids. Being a kind and caring nature, it was a perfect fit for her.
In 2016 she joined the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Hungarians, and she helped wherever and whenever she could. She volunteered on events, or sewed/fixed the Hungarian costumes for the school. Many times she proved her creativity when she made cute sheep costumes for the Christmas play or created Hussar uniforms and hats for our scout program.
Energy, commitment, integrity are all the words that begin to capture our image of Judy. Would that we had many more like her! But she was one of a kind and will be sorely missed as a colleague and friend.
Judy--a caring and beloved wife, mother, a cherished colleague, and friend--will be missed by many, but never will she be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have known her! (B. Cz.)

Pictures of Judy

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.
Please join us as we celebrate the life of
Judy Church

December 28, 2018 5-7 pm

Unity Church Unitarian
733 Portland Ave.,
St. Paul, MN 55102

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the MISI Hungarian School.
*Please make the check payable to “Minnesota Hungarians” and write “Judy Church” in the memo line (5009 Excelsior Blvd. Suit 154, St. Louis Park, MN 55416)


Church (Baranyi), Judy age 42 of Hugo, MN passed away 11/21/2018 after a fierce, but ultimately futile seven-month fight with cancer. Judy is survived by husband Kevin (Church), children Michelle and Daniel, her mother Anna, older sister Aniko and younger brother Gabor.
Judy was born in Szatymaz, Hungary in 1976. Looking for adventure, she moved to New York City in 2000 and lived there 10 years working in hotels and restaurants while earning the respect of her employers and making many life-long friends. One of those friends introduced Judy to Kevin in 2010 and after a whirlwind romance they married and she moved to Minnesota to start her new life.
Sixteen months later came Michelle, quickly followed by Daniel and at long last Judy’s dream of having a family and living in a warm home of her own came true. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and loyal friend to everyone she met. Leisure time was spent camping with friends, traveling with her family and socializing with the Minnesota Hungarians community.
Despite living a clean life for 42 years, Judy discovered a small tumor in her right breast in March of this year. It turned to be a neuroendocrine cancer. After several rounds of treatments, the cancer quickly returned and ultimately spread.
The only bright spot in this whole tragedy was the way Judy’s many good friends, neighbors and family members rallied to her support. Always wanting to be the one helping others, she was overwhelmed by the tremendous showing of love for her and her family, particularly during the difficult, final weeks.