On June 5, 2019, Barb Rud of Osceola died peacefully with her family by her side at Regions Hospital. She was 74.
Barbara (Barb) Ann (Long, Kulzer) Rud was born May 7, 1945, in St Peter, Minn., to Erwin and Grace Long. She grew up in mainly the Pine City area and eventually moved to Osceola.
Barb was married to Jerome (Jerry) Kulzer the summer of 1962. Barb and Jerry had three children - Gordie Kulzer (Marie), Debbie Hanson (Bernie) and Jerrod Kulzer (Sheryl).
Due to a tragic car accident in September of 1969, Barb became a widow.
In March 1971, Barb married John Rud and a son, Justin, was born.
In addition to her children, she is blessed with six grandchildren – Tim Hanson (Kellie), Katie Hanson (Sam Kelley), Tessa Frantzen (Nick), Mike Hanson (Coralie), Scott Kulzer, Ally Meyer (Mikey); six great-grandchildren – Mia Hanson, Teagan Wewers, Madison Hanson, Maci Meyer, Thomas Kelley, Avery Hanson and three great-grandchildren arriving soon.
Family meant the world to Barb. She always enjoyed time doing fun activities with them like watching them play ball, hockey or basketball, hearing about snowboarding trips and watching the silly videos of what they tried to accomplish, getaways at the Big Lake cabin, special family Easter weekends playing PLINKO, Harley Davidson trike riding, snowmobiling, her children’s cabins and best was watching her kids and grandchildren grow up. She was a very proud wife, mom and grandma! She enjoyed talking to her friends and family often, sometimes on the phone for hours at a time. She was competitive in her card games and always considered herself the winner when playing the boys.
Barb was a strong woman, whose life was met with many challenges including tragedy at a young age. Her strength, spiritual guidance (and sometimes stubbornness), along with family and friends, she overcame many things. The past 10 years Barb has suffered health problems which grew larger and her body weakened. She will be greatly missed!
Barb was preceded in death by parents Erwin and Grace Long; husband Jerome (Jerry) Kulzer; mother-in-law Olga Kulzer; father and mother-in-law Paul and Ethel Rud and dearest son Justin Rud.
Funeral Services were held June 10 at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola.
Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery East Farmington. Arrangements were with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.