After reading my past guestbook entries from 10 and 20 years ago, I noticed that I haven't heard from Edna Rudnick for sometime, and realizing she is up there in age, I dreaded searching for her obituary and sure enough, she passed away in May of 2023.
Unless I search for the deaths of most former Manningites anymore, they'll go unannounced and the relatives no longer send the obituary back to the old stomping/ancestral grounds to post in the Monitor.

So once I finish scanning this current collection I'm working on, I'll post pictures and information about Edna & her family.

Over the decades Edna was a big supporter of my Manning history projects and she sent me quite a few old pictures to scan and helped me with her family history.
She also signed my guestbook on a regular basis - she wanted those who still knew her that she was alive and well and still very active, but sadly at 96 she outlived the vast majority of her relatives and friends she knew back here so very few people would even know who she was.

It was my honor to give her a venue to keep in touch and share some of her memories...I'm trying to remember if I ever met Edna - I think we met once when she visited here several decades ago, but we became good friends through my web pages that she enjoyed browsing, and also by e-mails.

If I had more time to search, I'm sure I would find more former Manningites who have passed away but no one thought to send an obit to the Monitor.

Edna Mae Rudnick

Edna Mae Rudnick passed away on May 25, 2023, just ten days after her 96th birthday. She was born on May 15, 1927, on a farm in Manning, Iowa, the oldest of four children born to the late Edward and Alviena (Goettsch) Dammann.

Edna met and married Reinhardt Rudnick on May 29, 1945, leaving the farm life and moving to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Approximately 12 years later the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Edna was a payroll clerk for the Maricopa County Superior Court for over twenty years. Edna and Rein enjoyed square dancing and fishing together. In their retirement years, they also enjoyed travels in their motorhome. They were together almost 48 years of marriage prior to Rein's death on December 17, 1992.

Edna was a quilter and a member of the Glendale Sewing Club. Being an avid square dancer, Edna continued dancing after Rein's passing. It was at a square dance that she met Harry Sorich. In addition to square dancing, Edna and Harry enjoyed traveling and a host of other activities. They were companions for over 26 years until he passed in 2022.

She is survived by two children, Diane (Tom Mazzillo) Rudnick of Sun City and Ron (Mary Street) Rudnick of Phoenix; two granddaughters Debbie (Troy) Parker of Aztec, New Mexico; and Wendy (Steve) Hoskins of Peoria; two great-grandchildren, T.J. Parker of Aztec, New Mexico; and McKenna (Landon) McKnight of Farmington, New Mexico; and a great-great-granddaughter, Evelyn McKnight of Farmington, New Mexico. Edna was blessed with the five generations. Her family and friends were the delights of her life.

In addition to her parents, husband Rein and companion Harry, Edna's three siblings, Dolores Jensen, Herb Dammann, and Don Dammann preceded her in death.

She will be laid to rest with Rein in a private ceremony at Resthaven Park Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona.
IN THE CARE OF West Resthaven Funeral Home