In the early hours of Sunday, March 22, 2020, our dear mom Elizabeth Dean Rudis, left us to join our dad in heaven. She was a beautiful 94 years old.
Most people knew her as Betty and she was born on March 16, 1926 in Grafton. She graduated from Grafton High School in June of 1943 and St Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing on June 12, 1948. We were always, so proud of her nursing career as she provided care and comfort to so many people throughout her professional life.
She married our father Mike Rudis and the had four children together; Michael dean (Andrea)
Rudis, Kim (Mark) Hicks, Carol (Larry) Lockhart, and Stacey (Scott) Robbins; She also had four grandchildren, Casey (Chad) Harrington, Tyler (Kristin) Robbins, Emily Lockhart, Sean Robbins and three great grandchildren; Carter and Camdyn Harrington and Mia Robbins.
She was part of the greatest generation and great she was. Mom was an accomplished pianist, an amateur painter and loved her flower gardens, her home town of Grafton, and whenever anyone suggested a vacation, she was packing her bags. Trips to Florida to visit her sister in law
Dena Noland and her two sons Rob and Billy were always enjoyable. As dementia began to steal her memories, the simple things brought her pleasure. Chocolate, a ride in the car, more chocolate, a good steak and a small glass of wine made her smile. She loved our dogs and tolerated the cats.
We would like to thank our friends, the staff at St John’s Adults Day Care, Home Instead, caregivers Jennifer and Alia and Unity Hospice for providing love, encouragement and support as we all helped mom conclude her earthly journey. While we miss her every day, our dad, her parents
William and Julia Kiehnel, brother, Carl and best friends Fran and Howard Fish are overjoyed to have her with them. Sing and dance mom, we love you.
A small family funeral is planned and a Celebration of Life will be held in late spring.
Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home of Collinsville was in charge of the arrangements.