Barbara F. Grudt September 1, 1942 - August 7, 2019

“Forever 40” Passed away August 7, 2019. Survived by daughters Elise (John) Baichtal and Claire, grandchildren Raymond, Jack, and Eileen-Arden (Zachary) Nelson, companion Rod Olsen, brothers John (Lila) Fields and Tom (Vivian) Fields, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Barbara was raised in Montana and graduated from the College of Great Falls as a triple major in English, Theater, and Education. She taught in Geraldine, MT and married Tony and moved to St. Paul, where she taught at many business and technical colleges. She touched many lives as an educator and as everyone’s second mom. She was a tireless volunteer for St. Paul Public Libraries and at her beloved church home, Pilgrim Lutheran. She adored the Minnesota State Fair and won many ribbons for her embroidery. She was a voracious reader, reading over 100 books a year and belonging to three book clubs. In her retirement she enjoyed traveling (especially back home to Montana), music, theater, and social activism. She was a warm, vibrant spirit who will be deeply missed. Memorial Service 11 Am Tuesday, August 13 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul. Visitation one hour prior to service. Luncheon to follow. Memorials to the Ramsey County Public Library and Doctors Without Borders.

Memorial Service 11 Am Tuesday, August 13 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul. Visitation one hour prior to service. Luncheon to follow.

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    Jane Bueg says

    Dear Elise, Claire, Rod and Family,

    We are saddened to learn of Barbara’s passing. She was a vibrant spirit who welcomed all. Barbara always greeted us with open arms at family reunions and the years just floated away! May her spirit of generosity live on among us all.

    With love from the family in Arkansas,

    Carol Grudt Zientek and Jane Zientek Bueg

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    Michael Clough says

    I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Barbara. Although we haven’t been in touch like we should, I’ll always have wonderful memories of her. I remember when Uncle Tony brought Aunt Barbara to meet the fam..it was a quick trip, dead of winter, well earlier on we told her about a hill that the 3 of us used to sled on and she said in her expressive way…”That sounds like fun!”Well they were quite busy but on that last day, Barbra was dress to go to the airport when she realized she never got to sled with us….she goes, I’ve got time before I go to the airport, let’s go so of we went, Barbra in her dress and overcoat , well down that hill we went, ended up in some blackcap thicket, well we laughed and laughed, we walked back home and off she went to the airport, runs in her stockings, wet hair….but that was your Mom, up for anything and a joy to be around. She’ll be missed.

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