Melva M. Rude

PORTAGE – Melva M. Rude, age 85, of Portage, went home peacefully to be with her Lord and beloved husband, Ken, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Melva was born on August 14, 1932, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Melvin and Alvina (Hunsicker) Powell. She married Kenneth on September 1, 1951, in Milwaukee. Melva retired on September 5, 1992, after 28 years of service for the Milwaukee Public Schools Food Service. After retiring, Ken and Melva moved to Portage. She was a loving mother and friend to Jeff (Roxann) and Karen (Joe), a proud and loving grandmother and GGma. She was a loving sister to her brother, Al, and her sister, Sandy (Mark). Melva will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, great—grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends. She loved her dog, Harley, who was always by her side after losing Ken.  Melva enjoyed baking, craftwork and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; parents, and her brother, Melvin.       

A Celebration of Melva’s Life will be held at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, with Chaplain Nancy Davis officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Private inurnment will be at Silver Lake Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be given to the donor’s local humane society or the charity of donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank Roydan and Jean Atkinson for being our extended family.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home is assisting the family.  

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For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)