Gertraude E. “Traudel” Rusert, age 86, of rural Winona, Minn., passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at St. Anne of Winona, where she had spent several days recovering after a recent heart attack.
Traudel was born on September 24, 1927, in Penzig, Germany, to Arthur and Elisabeth (Göbel) Drozen. She met her future husband, Elgar C. Rusert, while he was stationed with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. Traudel came to Minnesota in July 1947, and on August 3, 1947, she and Elgar were united in marriage at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – Silo, where she was a longtime active member. Elgar and Traudel farmed together for many years north of Lewiston. Elgar preceded her in death on August 3, 2011.
Traudel will be remembered for her excellent homemaking skills, her love of knitting and crocheting, and for passing on her German heritage to her family. She enjoyed the many friendships she made with her neighbors and in the community. Traudel’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Traudel is lovingly survived by her children, Glenn (late, Corinne) Rusert, Winona, Minn., Mark (Joyce) Rusert, Altura, Minn., and Heidi (Dave) Petersen, Winona, Minn.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Jen) Petersen, Lindsay and Madelyn, Marshfield, Wis., Shane (Selena) Rusert, Dylan and Anneliese, Winona, Minn., Jessica (Sam) Thesing and Tanner and Colton, Rushford, Minn., Jason (Amy) Rusert and Nickolas and Nolan, Roseville, Minn., Melissa (Cory) Feine and Isaac, Rushford, Minn., and Joel Rusert, Moundsview, Minn.; sister, Anneliese (late, Heinz) Seifert, Duren, Germany; brothers-in-law, Lorenz (late, Margaret) Rusert, Winona, Minn., and Daryl (Mary) Rusert, Lewiston, Minn.; sister-in-law, Lorna (Oliver) Clemenson, Crookston, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgar, her daughter, Karen, an infant son, and her parents.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – Silo, rural Lewiston, Minn. The Reverend William Meilner will officiate.
Traudel will be laid to rest in the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery – Silo.
Visitation will be held at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – Silo, rural Lewiston, Minn., on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Pallbearers will be Traudel’s grandsons: Jeremy Petersen, Shane Rusert, Jason Rusert, Joel Rusert, Sam Thesing and Cory Feine.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Traudel’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com