Cover photo for Trudy Lerud's Obituary
Trudy Lerud Profile Photo
1947 Trudy 2019

Trudy Lerud

October 25, 1947 — July 22, 2019

Albert Lea

Funeral services for Trudy S. (Smith) Lerud will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, MN, with Rev. Vern Harris officiating. Friends may visit with family from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, and one hour before funeral services.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Trudy was born on October 25, 1947 in Albert Lea, MN to John H. Smith and Arline (Campbell) Smith. She grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1966.  Trudy attended the University of Minnesota from 1966 to 1968. She entered Naeve Hospital School of Nursing in 1968, graduating in 1971 as a Registered Nurse. Trudy worked at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, MN from 1971 to 1974. During this time, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and retired from nursing for 13 years. During those years, she received treatment for her MS and spent time with her children and their activities.

In 1987, after her MS stabilized, she took a nursing refresher course at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, allowing her to reactivate her RN Nursing license in Minnesota. She then returned to work part time as the Night Supervisor at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea for over 15 years, and at St. Johns Lutheran Home for a short time in 2001. She retired from nursing in January 2003 to spend more time with her ailing parents and their needs.

She married Gary H. Lerud on February 6, 1971. They lived in Albert Lea until moving to St. Cloud, MN in June of 2006. Trudy was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader for several years. Together, she and Gary were Cub Scout Leaders for two years. She was an active member of the Albert Lea Church of Christ where she was a Sunday School teacher and member of Christian Workers ladies group, where she served as treasurer and was involved in various group functions. She enjoyed music, movies, and sewing projects, as well as spending time with her grandsons.

Trudy passed away at Prairie Sr. Cottages on July 22, 2019. She was 71 years old.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; a son, Darrin S. (Francine) Lerud; grandson, Calvin Lerud of Whitefish, MT; a daughter, Emily S. (Jeff VanBeek) Hardison, of Albert Lea, MN; two grandsons, Merik and Gunnar Hardison; a sister, Jo Ann (James) Hill, of Albert Lea, MN.

She was preceded in death by her father, John “Jack” H. Smith in 2004, and her mother, Arline C. Smith in 2012.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Trudy Lerud, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, July 28, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Monday, July 29, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 23

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree