Starksen, Ella Marie "Tudy" (Saggau) age 87, of Eden Prairie, loving mother, wife and dear friend to many, was led by a special angel to her new home in heaven on October 26, 2013. She was comforted by her family at her side. Her passing mirrored her earthly spirit - gentle and gracious. Tudy was born to Andrew and Ella (Bremer) Saggau of Ceylon, MN. She enjoyed growing up on a farm in a large family of 10. Tudy felt privileged to attend the University of Minnesota where she earned a bachelor degree in home economics and was selected to be taught golf by the famed Les Bolstad. (She continued to golf until well into her 80's). Tudy was chosen by the University as honorary Homecoming Queen during their 50 year class celebration (1948-1998). She married Dr. John "Jack" Hanson also of Ceylon in 1949 and they moved to Fairmont and raised 5 children. She enjoyed her career in the fashion industry as a buyer. Tudy moved to the Twin Cities in the early 1980's where she met and married Charles Bachman of Edina, but was widowed after 7 short years. In 1992 she married Chuck Starksen, a native of Hetland SD. They enjoyed spending time with family and traveling. They moved from their home in Edina to The Colony in Eden Prairie. Tudy and Chuck went on trips with her family to Europe visiting the homes of her Bremer and Saggau heritage. She was an active member of Cross View Lutheran Church, her bridge group, and a long-time member of AAUW (American Association of University Women). She enjoyed reading, swimming and even water skiing until the age of 65! Tudy is survived by husband Chuck Starksen, 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: Tom (Sarah) Hanson of Prior Lake (Josh, Ben, Zach, Andrew & Matt), Mark (Teri) Hanson of Roseville (Jake & John Patrick), Pam (Mark) Moksnes of Chanhassen (Katie, Laura & John Thomas), Bill Hanson and John "Jack" Hanson, both of Minneapolis. She is also survived by her sister Shireen (Sieg) Redenbach of British Columbia and step daughters Judy (Starksen) Lingle, Barbara (Bachman) Branson, Lynn (Bachman) Kelly and Nancy (Bachman) Kubicka. Mom continued to stay positive and even in her toughest hours she was kind, gracious and respectful. She loved angels........and she was one! Proverbs 31:28 "Her children rise up and call her blessed" A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 AM Friday, November 1st at Cross View Lutheran Church, 6645 McCauley Trail West, Edina, MN 55439 (Gleason exit off Hwy 62). Family will be available to visit with prior to the service. A reception at the church will follow the service. Memorials are preferred to: Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina or The Colony, Eden Prairie.
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Published in Star Tribune from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013