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Rose Ann Ruud (Martin) passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022, in West Fargo, ND just 16 days before her 100th birthday. Rose was born May 1st, 1922, in South Fork, PA., the third of ten children born to Richard and Catherine Martin. Rose grew up in South Fork and moved to Baltimore with her sister during WWII to help with the war effort. While working in Baltimore, Rose met her future husband, Arnold, who was in the Navy. After the war they were married and moved to Arnold's hometown of Nome, ND. Talk about a culture shock! Nome had no running water, indoor plumbing or paved streets. She affectionately referred to her time in Nome as "12 years of purgatory". They started their family and moved to Fargo in 1958. Rose was a stay-at-home mom raising two sons and a daughter until the mid-1970's when she went to work for St Luke's Hospital where she worked for nearly 20 years. Following retirement, she spent several years caring for her aging mother in South Fork. After her mother's passing in 1996, Rose returned to Fargo where she dedicated much of her time to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Remarkably healthy and active up until about 6 months ago, she and her family would fly every summer to visit her older sister, now 103, and other relatives back in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Their last trip was in 2019. North Dakota was her home for over 75 years, and she loved the long sunsets on the flat horizon. Rose always had an eye to the sky, noticing clouds, birds and planes that go unnoticed by many. She was Italian and had a talent for cooking, gardening, and crocheting. She won many blue ribbons at the local Red River Valley Fair, especially for her beautiful, fine crocheting. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she called the "the light of her life". Nana was a light in their lives too. She will be sadly missed and remembered always. She is survived by her sons Arnold Ruud Jr. of Golden CO and Robert (Susan) of Harwood, ND; sisters, Jennie Walukas in Michigan, Catherine "Honey" Schlabig in Ohio, Sarah (Alfred) West in Illinois, and sister-in-law Jean (Jim) Martin in Pennsylvania; grandchildren Amanda Zakeri of West Fargo, ND and Brian Ruud of Harwood, ND and five beloved great-grandchildren all of West Fargo, ND along with numerous nieces and nephews all over the country. Rose was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, daughter Rita Ruud of Fargo, ND, her parents, and six brothers and sisters.

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  1. My heart will go with all your family,Rosie you will be missed I keep thinking about you I still think u are downstairs I can still hear your voice calling me that you will be in a better place now and I know how proud you were of your two boys that you always talk to me about and your father how hard he work all the time and how your mother made pasta rolls you one of a kind God bless you and I love you Maria

  2. Arne and Bob,
    Your mom will be missed. I always enjoyed our phone conversations and our visits when I could get to Fargo. I am so grateful we got together again. Thank you Bob. I will love her always

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