On Sunday, March 13, 2022, Melissa Sue Kuznia, 46 of Drayton, ND, gained her angel wings as she was surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Melissa was born on September 26, 1975 to David and Debra Kuznia in Karlstad, MN and lived in Drayton, ND, graduating from Drayton High School in 1994. She attended college at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN and Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN. She recently went back to school to get her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Melissa worked many jobs in her life and her jobs were never about the work, it was about making connections with people. She loved her job at MTI where she worked for many years as a sales representative and assistant supervisor. She then started at Noridian Healthcare Solutions in August 2008 until the time of her death as a Provider Outreach and Education Representative where she educated providers and suppliers on the Medicare program. She also worked at the Grafton Blueline Club, Inc., from 2011 as a Site Gaming Manager at Last Chance Bar, until the time of her death.
Melissa always had a twinkle in her eye, a megawatt smile that could light up any room, and an ability to make anyone around her feel like they were the most important person. She loved to laugh and was always making sure people around her felt included. She loved to gamble, a casino was always a short trip away. She enjoyed a good shopping trip, live music, bands, concerts, and sporting events. She never married and had no children but she was the love in so many lives and gave her love away so freely to those that were fortunate to receive it and we were all better for it. Melissa was very family oriented and loved spending time with her parents, sister, many aunts/uncles, cousins, and countless friends from coast to coast.
Melissa is survived by her loving parents David and Debra Kuznia, Drayton, ND and her lifelong best friend and sister, Becky Kuznia, Fargo, ND along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and an endless amount of friends.
Melissa is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents David & Rita Westerson and August & JoAnn Kuznia; aunts Alvina Krolak, Mona Rae Peterson, Linda Kiefat; uncles LuVerne Peterson and Gerald Schaefer, plus many friends and cousins gone too soon.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Drayton. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will in St. Edward’s Cemetery at a later date.
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