Joan Rudnick, age 82 of Appleton, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Appleton Area Health-Care Center.

Visitation for Joan Rudnick will be held Sunday, July 26, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton, MN.  Visitation will continue from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Marie Rudnick will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, MN, with Father Breu officiating.  Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery.

Joan Marie (Welsh) Rudnick, was born February 9, 1938, to James and Marie (Storms) Welsh in Wood, South Dakota. She attended school in Wood, graduating in 1956 and then attended Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, South Dakota earning her teaching certificate. Her first job was at a local school, then she moved to Ortonville, MN, and taught for three years. She met Ronald Rudnick in the fall of 1962 and they were married June 27, 1964, at the town hall in Wood, SD. They made their life in rural Appleton working side by side to run the family dairy farm and raise five children. They were members of St. Joseph’s church in Holloway, MN, until it closed in 1991 and then St. John’s of Appleton where she was an active member of the church lecturing, distributing communion, and teaching religious classes.

Later in life Joan was a home health aide where she developed close relationships with those she cared for, retiring at the age of 70. In her free time, Joan enjoyed tending to her flowers – which she won many blue ribbons for at the county fair, reading, spending time at the lake, riding horses in Saddle Club, volunteering with the MCCL, and the thing she enjoyed most of all – talking to her many friends and family on the phone.

Joan is survived by her husband: Ron of 56 years; children: David (Tracy) Rudnick of Blackhawk, SD, Ronda (Dave) Maas of Ortonville, MN, Renee (Dan) Kojetin of East Bethel, MN, Jim (Lisa) Rudnick of Willmar, MN, and Sara (Mike) Adelman of Graceville, MN; thirteen grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Knutson, Roxy Knutson, Lisa and Scott Kojetin, Greg (Ashley) Maas, Brittany (Kole) Mastel, Megan and Taylor Rudnick, Zak, Luke, Sam, Jake, and Noah Adelman; six great grandchildren; and her brother: Don (Jeanne) Welsh.

She was preceded in death by her parents: James and Marie; brothers: George and Bob and sister: Kathy.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton, MN. 


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