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Obituary for Erin Marie Rud

Erin Marie Rud passed away at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with her family surrounding her. She was born January 14, 1998, in La Crosse. Erin was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, Minn., and confirmed at St. John's UCC Wheatland, rural New Albin. She was a graduate of Kee High, Lansing, Iowa, class of 2016. Erin was currently a nursing student at Viterbo University in La Crosse. She loved her job at the Thornton Manor nursing home in Lansing. Erin was a daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, girlfriend, and a friend. She has two sisters, Emily Rud and Ella Jean Renk and two brothers, Eric “Bubba” Rud and Elliott Renk. Erin is described as vibrant, graceful, talented, brilliant, sweet, caring, ambitious, artistic, a role model, amiable, thoughtful, outgoing, sensitive, pretty, selfless, full of love, gullible, and a HERO! While Erin was in high school, she was involved in everything. She loved sports, student government, volunteering, and being a friend to all. She would inspire everyone to be kind to anyone they would meet. She would say, “you don't know their story and you shouldn't assume you do; get to know someone first before judging.” She has touched many lives and is continuing to do so as she was an organ donor; April is Donate Life Month. Erin is survived by her mom and step-dad, Kathy (DeWall) and Tom Renk of New Albin; her dad and his fiancée, Jeff Rud and Kris Holland of Spring Grove, Minn.; her siblings, Emily Rud, Eric “Bubba” Rud, and Elliott and Ella Jean Renk; step-brother and sisters, Casey, Lindsey and Heidi; her grandparents, LeRoy & Patricia DeWall of Caledonia, Minn., Sonny and Bev Rud of Caledonia, and Kermit and Carol Renk of New Albin; great-grandma, Delores Fetketter of Spring Grove, Minn.; nephew, Jace; step-nephews and nieces; boyfriend, Travis Colsch of New Albin; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. Erin was preceded in death by great-grandparents and an aunt. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia, Minn. Rev. Steven E. Meyer and Pastor Paul Burgess will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s UCC, Wheatland Church, Cemetery, rural New Albin. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the New Albin Community Center. No visitation will be held prior to the funeral service Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in order to establish a scholarship in Erin’s Memory. Online condolences may be sent at