Alta Mae Rude, 83, Zumbrota, died on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Zumbrota Health Services.
Alta Mae was born on December 20, 1929, in rural White Rock, to Fred and Phoebe Berg. She graduated from Cannon Falls High School. She worked at a dental office as a dental assistant, and the local restaurant in Cannon Falls.
On August 25, 1951 she married Harris J. Rude at Spring Garden Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. The couple lived in Alabama for a short period of time before they returned to Zumbrota where they made their lifelong home. She was a homemaker, and worked for many years as a home health aide for Goodhue County, and sold in-home cosmetics. The couple enjoyed playing cards, traveling, boating, camping, dancing, and wintering in AZ. They were both avid supporters of their grandchildren's activities.
Alta Mae belonged to several bridge clubs in the community, and was an active member of United Redeemer Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Alta Mae is survived by three children, Douglas (Jackie) Rude of Rochester, John (Connie) Rude of Zumbrota, Patty (Corey) Nelson of Cannon Falls; nine grandchildren, Jason (Traci) Rude, Aaron (Jessica) Rude, Lisanne (Kris) Shumway, Kara (Justin) McNamara, Jason (Rochelle) Aune, Justin (Megan) Aune, Adam Aune, Amanda Nelson, Matt Nelson; and 11 great grandchildren.
Alta Mae was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Harris, who died on February 24, 2010; son-in-law, Doug Aune; and brother, Fredrick Berg.
The funeral service was on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota with Pastor Tom Isaacson officiating. Burial was at United Lutheran Cemetery in Zumbrota.
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice or any Alzheimer's association.