Libuse Kudrnac (Née Janackova)


Libuse “Li” Kudrnac, née Janackova, peacefully passed away on February 14th, 2024, in the comfort of her home. Born on November 13, 1924, in Uhersky Brod, Czechoslovakia, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jaromir, and sister, Eva. Li is survived by her devoted children, Kris Kudrnac and Susan Turnquest, as well as her cherished grandchildren Jennifer, Kimberly, Tomas, Zoe and great grandchildren Uisce and Cillian. Special thanks to her long time caregivers Gregory and Lorrie Curtis in Vermont and in recent years to Ivy Gonzalez in Montreal.

Known affectionately as Babi to her extensive circle of friends and family, Li and her husband Ivoj emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Montreal, Canada in 1948, seeking refuge from the grasp of communism. Throughout her life, she loved exploring the world and visiting loved ones. Li's warm and vibrant spirit endeared her to everyone who had the privilege of crossing her path.

A fervent gardener, Li cultivated a beautiful refuge at her South Hero, Vermont home. Her love for reading, passion for learning new languages (she mastered four), and appreciation for classic films were integral parts of her diverse interests. Li's adventurous spirit manifested early on when she earned her wings as the first Czechoslovak woman pilot in 1946. She pursued higher education at the Sorbonne in Paris and Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), earning her degree in social work, a field she cherished for its connection to children. Her academic journey also led her to commence a master's degree in Arabic Studies at McGill University.

Li's departure leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of her family and friends. Her legacy of love, resilience, and curiosity will be fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

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Dear Kris, Suzi, and family, How heartbroken I am to learn of Li’s passing. She was everything you described her to be and more. I will cherish her love for me and my children. I’m sure you’re feeling the loss of her presence. May she live on in your hearts. Much love, Ellen

Ellen A., 23 avril 2024

Condolences to the families of Madame Li Janackova she's like my Mother my grandmother my auntie my sister my best friend i missed her so much my heart broken into small pieces 💔 😢 but she's gone to father rest in peace thank you for your love to one can replace you in our heart your name is curving in our heart never fade even at the end of time love you Madame until we meet again RIP.

Ivy G., 27 février 2024

Dear Suzie and Kris, please accept my most sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. Aunt LI was an awesome woman; I am so glad I had the opportunity to be a small part of her life and shall miss her. Hugs to both of you, Ike

Ike J., 24 février 2024


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