Geraldeen Glee Rude, 77, Minot, died on Friday, June 21, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Geraldeen was born on March 17, 1936, in Drake, to Art and Gladys (Johnson) Haga. She was baptized on April 12, 1936, and confirmed on Aug. 26, 1951, by Pastor Bertil Hult at the Bergen Lutheran Church. She grew up in Bergen and graduated from Bergen High School on May 27, 1954. She continued her education at Minot State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education on June 2, 1967.
Gerry was a caring, loving wife, mother and friend whose life revolved around helping others. She was a vibrant, adventurous, positive woman who enjoyed traveling the world and seeking new experiences.
When she retired from teaching she became an accomplished quilter which she enjoyed immensely.
Geraldeen married Virgil Rude, from Bottineau, on Aug. 18, 1957, at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva. They made their home in Minot where she was employed by the Minot Public School System for 35 years as an elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. In addition, she taught for one year each at Bergen Rural School, Mohall and Ray. Geraldeen was accorded the Minot and North Dakota Teacher of the Year awards, was invited to the White House to celebrate the signing of the Education Bill and participated in the National Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., all in 1993. She graduated from the National Geographic Summer Institute in 1991, coordinated the State Geography Bee for National Geographic from 1993 until 2003, won the Cram Award (one of only five presented annually in the United States) from the National Council of Geography Educators and presented numerous state and national workshops for teachers. Geraldeen retired from teaching in 1995 but continued her involvement in the education profession by working for Westat, a national testing agency.
Geraldeen was a longtime and active member of Augustana Lutheran Church where she served as president of the Augustana Lutheran Church Women from 1995-1998 and 2008-2009, as a member of the Deborah Circle and ELCA Synod Council from 2001 to 2003. She was a member of the ND Geography Alliance, International Visitors Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, N.D. Retired Teachers Association, Sons of Norway and Lewis and Clark Foundation. She received the God, Home and Country Award on May 29, 1953, and served as a national park volunteer for the Trails and Rails Program from 2000-2009 and as a volunteer at Medora from 2005-2011.
Geraldeen's loving family includes: husband of 55 years,Virgil; daughter, Rhonda Rude of Chicago; sister, Janice Swedberg of Fergus Falls, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Geraldeen was preceded in death by: her parents (Arthur on Feb. 9, 1989, and Gladys on July 30, 2005); and brother, Arthur Haga Jr. on Jan. 9, 2002.
Celebration of the Life of Geraldeen Rude: Thursday, June 27, at 11 a.m. in Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
Graveside Service: Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery near Lake Metigoshe.
Visitation: Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Metigoshe Ministry or to the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).