MARGARET L. (MEYER) RUDY, 82 BELOVED WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND SISTER ROCKFORD - Margaret L. (Meyer) Rudy, 82, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Wesley Willows, after a brief illness. Margaret was born July 7, 1930, in Marengo, daughter of Frederick and Emma (Beilke) Meyer. She graduated from the Marengo public schools and the Sherman Hospital School of Nursing in Elgin. She worked as an emergency room nurse in Ann Arbor, Mich. She married Elmer C. Rudy on July 5, 1953; together they raised five children. Margaret was a tireless volunteer for many organizations through the years, including the Law Wives Auxiliary, Children's Development Center and Midway Village and Museum Center. She was the proud recipient of Rotary International's Service Above Self award. She was a longtime member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and served faithfully in many ministries during the past 50 years. She enjoyed Bible study, reading, sewing and cooking, but her greatest joys were family and home. Her husband of 59 years, Elmer C. Rudy, mourns her passing. She is also survived by children, Lynne Rudy, Elizabeth (Bruce) Wile, Paul (Beth Anne) Rudy, Chuck (Caryn) Rudy and Leslie Rudy; and grandchildren, Melissa, Brian and Rachel Wile, Joseph, Matthew, Sarah, Benjamin and James Rudy, Jacob and Bradley Rudy and Keegan Margaret Rudy; sister, Evelyn Van Der Veen; sisters-in-law, Rita McCarty and Donna Rudy; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by parents; niece, Connie Van Der Veen; brothers-in-law, David Rudy, Robert Van Der Veen and Lyle McCarty; and sister-in-law, Louise Rudy. The family is grateful to Carole Dawn from Comfort Keepers, whose kind and capable assistance helped Margaret extend the time she was comfortable in her own home. Margaret's family would also like to thank the nurses, CNAs and staffs at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Wesley Willows and the hospice care team from the Visiting Nurses Association for their gentle and respectful care of Margaret and her family during her final days. Family and friends will be received for a memorial visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home, 304 N. Fifth St. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. Margaret requested that any memorials be sent to Midway Village Museum. Memorial guestbook, maps and directions can be found at weltefuneral.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2012