Margaret Rudy

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Margaret E. Rudy, 89, of St. Louis, MO, born October 4, 1931, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021, at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, MO.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven C. Tretek; her parents, Charles and Julia (nee Podlovics) Rudy; two brothers, Charles Rudy, Jr. and Joseph (Nadine) Rudy; a brother-in-law, Ernoe Hinkl; and a sister-in-law, Alice Rudy.

Surviving is a brother, John Rudy; a sister, Wilma (nee Rudy) Hinkl; loving aunt to nearly 60 nieces and nephews; and dear cousin and friend to many.

Margaret retired from Southwestern Bell / SBC after 51 years of service.  She loved nothing better than a good game of cards and playing bingo with her sister.  She was a very bubbly and social person who always had a smile on her face, a kick in her step, and a song in her heart.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 411 Palmer Rd Columbia, IL 62236. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia, IL.  Interment at a later date.



7 Comments on Margaret Rudy

Bev Whitehead said : Guest Report May 13, 2021 at 5:26 PM

Margaret and I were central office clerks at different offices. She always had a joke ready and sang toodle loo when she hung up. When we had clerical meetings, she always had goodies to sell from her trunk. She was a hoot and I am sorry that we didn’t keep in contact after we retired. Soar high Margaret! ❤️??❤️. Bev

  • Hillsboro
  • Mo
Sue Sewell said : Guest Report May 11, 2021 at 5:08 PM

I worked with Margaret at the Phone Company and enjoyed knowing her. She was always smiling and singing & dancing around the office. Such a sweet woman! Full of Energy, and she could do the high kick just like a Rockette! So sorry for your loss!

  • Florissant
  • MO
Ken Schaper said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2021 at 7:38 PM

Margaret was a very kind and generous person. Her personality was warm and she always had a fun and positive attitude. I looked forward to seeing her down at St. Mary of Victory Hungarian Catholic Church volunteering her time with her brother, John. Lunch down there on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s was off the charts, delicious. She also helped her brother, John and other volunteers make home baked goods on Thursday and they were sold down at Soulard Market on Friday. Margaret’s 51 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone was Solid. She will be sorely missed by many including her very large family. GOD Bless Margaret! ?

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Laura Buettner said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2021 at 2:54 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Craig and your family, so very sorry to hear about Aunt Margaret . She was such a Fun lady! I’ll never forget all the good times we had with her. Love and Prayers, Laura Buettner

  • Caseyille
  • IL
Teresa Haselroth Steinacker said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 6:49 PM

Margaret was a lifelong friend to my mom, Helen, and always made us laugh. Our sympathy and prayers to your family.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Susan Haselroth Lovellette said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 5:14 PM

Margaret worked with my Mom and they were good friends. Margaret was one of the first people I met when I began my career at Southwestern Bell. She was always had a joke to tell and was singing a song! She will be missed by many. May God Bless.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Barbara and Victor Logan said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2021 at 9:48 AM

John and Jackie please accept our Deepest Sympathy at the passing of your sister and aunt. I know how much you loved her! Barb and Vic

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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