Margaret Colleen Kuklok, 70, of Huntley, MT, died peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the home of her daughter Callie and son-in-law Paul Greer of San Diego, CA. Her husband, Gordon, by her side.
Colleen’s kind, hard-working and resilient presence touched many as she bravely endured the past 18 months with an ALS, “Lou Gehrig’s” diagnosis. Colleen was born on September 27, 1950, in Grand Forks, ND to Conrad and MaryAnn (Darling) Ryan. She graduated from Midway High School in 1968 and from the University of North Dakota School of Nursing in 1972. She married Gordon Kuklok at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Conway, ND on February 21, 1970.
Gordon and Colleen raised their family, owned and operated the Tomahawk Cafe in Grand Forks (1979-1998), and spent over 50 years of their lives in the beautiful Red River Valley. A move west to Huntley, MT provided Colleen and Gordon with a new home, many rounds of golf, new friends and another beautiful place to call home. Gordon and Colleen enjoyed their semi-retirement years; working part-time, entertaining and feeding all who would travel west and keeping up with the lives and happenings of their children and 13 grandchildren. One of Colleen’s greatest legacies will be the family video collection she created with great love for her children and grandchildren to remember her by.
Colleen is survived by her husband, Gordon, four children and their spouses Heather (Paul) Belzer of Cando, ND; Callie (Paul) Greer of San Diego, CA; Meaghan (Anthony) Pennino of Anchorage, AK; and Eamon (Maggie) Kuklok of Bismarck, ND. Thirteen grandchildren; Mary, Bernadette, John Paul, Stella, Benen, Philip and Lucy Belzer; Felix, Frank and Eliza Pennino; and Seamus, Kiera and Ella Kuklok. Colleen is also survived by her mother, MaryAnn Ryan, and siblings twin-sister Patricia (Kregg) Foltz; Theresa (Wayne) Devine; Mike (Anne) Ryan; MerryLynn Ryan; Jay (Joy) Ryan; Dean Ryan and Shanna (Matt) Foerester and Colleen’s numerous God children, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her infant brother, John Patrick; father Conrad Ryan; and her mother and father-in-law Rose (Devine) and LC Kuklok; brother in law Sheameus Kuklok and nephew Liam Kuklok.
The Kuklok family will be sharing funeral details in the near future.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter.