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Thomas Kuzas

April 20, 1923 — March 29, 2021

Thomas T. Kuzas, age 97, formerly from Duluth, died peacefully March 29, 2021, at a Maple Grove, MN, care facility. He was born April 20, 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Katherine (Zervas)     Kuzas.

Tom graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1941 and then received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1950.

He proudly served three years in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Forces including two years overseas service in China, Burma, and India.

Tom was a professional registered Hospital Administrator and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He worked for St Louis County and spent over 36 years as the Administrator of Nopeming Nursing Home. He was an extremely hard worker and greatly appreciated his employees and residents.

When he retired in 1986, he held the position of Director of St. Louis County's Medical Care Facilities. He served on the Minnesota State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance and as chairman for two years. He also served on the Duluth City and County Employees Credit Union Board of Directors for many years and was President for 10 years.

He was an active member of the Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Duluth, serving on the Board of Trustees as President and Treasurer. He also was a Member of the Order of Ahepa, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tom held important professional positions and was extremely active with civic life. He always believed in 'giving back' to the community. However, his biggest source of pride, love and enjoyment was being husband to the love of his life for 67 years, Adeline, to his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed every minute when they were together.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Mary.

He is survived by his wife Adeline, Daughters: Kathryn Ellefson, Plymouth, MN, Michele (Taso) Markatos, Walpole, MA. Sons: William (Anne) Oxbow, ND, John (Julie) Inver Grove Heights, MN. Grandchildren: Troy, Danielle, Christina, Nickolas, Timothy, Abigail, Andrew, Noah, and Emma. Great grandchildren: Sophia, Lillian, Oliver, Estelle, Rory, and Charlotte.

Visitation Monday April 5th from 5 - 7pm with the Trisagion Service at 7:00 pm at the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN. Funeral Service, Tuesday at 11:00am at the Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 632 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN. Interment following with Military Honors at Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth. Tom’s service will be live streamed on, Twelve Holy Apostles Church – Duluth, MN at

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN, 218-727- 3555.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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