At about age 21 Ida met her husband to be Leon Rudnick on the front porch of her father's butcher shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It must have been true love because, it was now time to start an exciting chapter in her life and start a family of her own. Ida married Leon and moved to Stevens Point, Wisconsin a short time after their marriage.
Ida and Leon had 3 children, Bill, Sherman, and Bonnie. Ida might have lived to the ripe age of 90, but in the 1930's she was a true woman of the 90's. She managed to balance a grocery store business with her husband, play the important role of mother to her children, and contribute to her community while still completely dedicated to her Mother and sisters.
Her dedication was never ending. Ida and Leon's home was always open to family and friends. Whether it be a place to sleep for the night (no matter what time the visitor might arrive), a warm meal, or the holidays, Ida and Leon's door was always open.
The holidays to Ida were a major part of her life. It was nothing for Ida to have 35 or 40 people for Thanksgiving. The more the merrier! Planning a holiday meal was the hi-light of Ida's life. From planning the menu, to preparing the food to setting the table in the most exquisite manner, Ida didn't miss a beat.
Ida was the cook of all cooks! Her creativity in the kitchen was unsurpassable! The last few years she was no longer able to cook. However, that did not stop her from planning a holiday meal. She had each meal all worked out in her mind and with her daughter Bonnie and granddaughters, Debbie & Andrea she achieved her goals!
Her talents did not end in the kitchen. Ida's beautiful flower gardens on Main Street could have been in House Beautiful along with her impeccably decorated home. It didn't stop with the green thumb for Ida, because she was also a seamstress. She created all the latest styles for Bonnie, provided everyone with a stylish apron for the kitchen, while making sure her granddaughter's dolls had pretty little dresses to wear.
In later years, Ida's dedication to her husband continued throughout many health problems. Amazingly, Ida would prepare her family's evening meal in the morning, go to the grocery store at noon to let Leon rest for several hours, fit in an occasional Hadassah meeting or bridge game and make it home for a family dinner.
After Leon passed away, Ida made a new life for herself at a young age. She moved to Topeka, Kansas to be with her Son Bill, daughter-in-law Sonnie and family. Ida's sense of adventure soared. She became the world traveler to places like Thailand, Okinawa, Japan, Switzerland and Spain. In her years in Topeka she joined Newcomers and Sisterhood at the synagogue. Ida was truly successful at becoming a part of this wonderful community. She played bridge several times a week and won many tournaments, organized tremendous blintze brunches and was often featured in the Topeka newspaper for her wonderful cooking talents.
Topeka was a wonderful chapter in Ida's life. However, in 1990 she moved to Minneapolis to be with her daughter, Bonnie and family. She still played a mean game of bridge and maintained a beautiful apartment. In 1994 Ida developed several health problems that limited her from practicing her daily routine. She moved to Hillcrest in Minneapolis where she worked very hard with the physical therapists and occupational therapists to recover and re-establish her life once again. She moved from skilled care to the residence in several months and once again was walking on her own, going out for meals, and keeping the family up to date on the daily news.
Ida had 8 grandchildren. To her grandchildren she was Nana. Nana was a very important part of her grandchildren's lives. Whether it be teaching one of her granddaughter's how to make blintzes or kreplach, baking their favorite birthday cake, playing their favorite card game with them, or sharing her vast knowledge of life with her grandchildren she was loved! She often called her grandchildren her Dollies which they have adopted as their pet names for each other to this day.
Over the years, Ida not only had 8 grandchildren, she gained 5 more grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
While family was probably the most important part of Ida's life friends were also a major part of her life. If Ida was your friend she took the friendship seriously. She considered a friend like family. In return, she had true friendships that lasted a lifetime.
The words that best describe Ida would be giving, caring, dedicated, compassionate, brave, strong and loving. She laid the foundation of what her family is today and will be in the future. There will always be a part of her in our hearts.
Mother/Nana as your daughter, and granddaughters we can only dream to be the woman you were.