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November 14, 1919 - January 31, 2016

Violet Margaret Rud, 96, of Caledonia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Caledonia Care and Rehab in Caledonia.

Violet was born November 14, 1919 in Caledonia to Emil and Magdelena (Hemmer) Demmer. She married Earl Rud Feb. 22, 1944 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Caledonia. They celebrated 60 years together before Earl passed away on March 22, 2004.

Violet farmed with her husband and enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, and playing cards. She also loved polka music and dancing. She worked various places and most recently at ALCO. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Steve Rud of Caledonia; 3 granddaughters, Laurie Rud of La Crosse, Annie (Rud) Shay of La Crescent, and Lynn (Matt) Fitzpatrick of Holmen; 5 great grandchildren, Carter, Isabelle, Gracie, Kinsley, and Parker; 3 sisters, Gladys Myhre of Spring Grove, MN, Lorraine Myhre of Onalaska, WI, and Florence "Sis" (Myron) Anderson of Ankeny, IA.

In addition to her husband, Earl, she was preceded in death by her parents; great grandson, Henry Shay; daughter in law, Jeannie Rud; sister, Lucille Sprunk; and brother Lawrence "Bud" Demmmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, Feb 4th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Matt Fasnacht will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Wed. at St. Mary's Holy Family Hall and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday Memorials may be given to Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia.


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