Pearl Irene Bartel Rud, 91, Sarasota, Fla., died Monday June 17, 2013, at The Springs in Sarasota.
She was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Franksville, Wis., to William Emil and Margaret Lillian Bartel. On Jan. 31, 1942, she married Harold Ragnar Rud in Chicago.
She attended Steinmetz High School in Chicago and raised her family in Oriole Park.
She enjoyed hosting family gatherings. She especially enjoyed children and encouraged her children and grandchildren to stand up for themselves and do well in school.
She also enjoyed skiing, taking her children on excursions and visiting friends and family in Illinois and Wisconsin.
She worked as a school secretary for many years before retiring with her husband – a veteran and former construction superintendent – to Cape Coral, Fla., where they enjoyed the year-round warmth and made many lasting friendships.
Survivors include two daughters, Dlorah Audrey (Bud) Hayden, Sarasota, and Kristin Margaret (John) Winn, Grand Junction, Colo.; three grandchildren, Matt (Kim) Stone, Woodstock; Mark Stone, North Charleston, S.C., and Scott (Erin Young) Winn, Silverthorne, Colo.; five great-grandchildren, Zack and Zoe Stone, Paiton and Autumn Stone and Oliver Winn; a sister, Audrey (Ralph) Rasmussen, Cape Coral; and a brother, William (Mollie) Bartel, Elmhurst.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992; two sisters, Verna Bartel and Gladys Suerth; and a brother, Robert Bartel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 545 S. Ardmore, Villa Park. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens, Oakbrook Terrace. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Ivy Restaurant at 120 N. Hale, Wheaton.
Donations in her name can be sent to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2691 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL 33909.