Marjorie Lucille Rudd, 94 of Eau Claire, passed away on July 5, 2018 peacefully at Oak Gardens Assisting Living in Altoona.

She was born in Eau Claire on September 6, 1923 to Albert and Agnes Gilbertson. Marge graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1941 and the enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.

After her service she married Jack Rudd and lived for 6 years in Eau Claire before moving to New Jersey to raise her family. She went to work at the Mont Clair Savings Bank and worked her way from teller to vice president of the bank. After Jack’s death, Marge returned to Eau Claire to be with her family.

Marge loved walking early in the morning with her friends before going to the Altoona Family restaurant for breakfast. Marge was a blessing to many over the years, volunteering at Grace Lutheran Church and University Lutheran Church when she was able. She always had a smile and an “I’m fine” attitude. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Timothy P. Rudd and daughter-in-law Carol J. Rudd of Eau Claire; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Allen Gilbertson; sister, Frances Becker; and her loving husband Jack D. Rudd.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Oak Gardens for their loving care of Marge, and to her many special friends that visited and kept in contact.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Lutheran Church or Community Table.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Lori Ruge-Jones officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel as well as an hour prior to services Wednesday at church.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends and family may leave condolences online at


  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and my aunt. Aunt Marge will be missed by many people she knew. I have always remembered the good times us girls had at her house on Sundays watching the Packers and drinking bloody mary’s. She is now in heaven where other family members of gone. Tim & Carol you are in my prayers. I will not be able to be at the service for I live in AZ now. Love Cindy

  2. My sympathy to you, Tim and Carol. May you feel peace from God’s love and joy from memories.

    Peggy Klein

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