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Colette Ruemmele 03/14/2023

Colette Mary (Salmon) Ruemmele, 94, of Hudson, died peacefully on March 14 at River Falls Area Hospital after a brief illness. Colette was born on March 4, 1929, the seventh of 11 children to John P. and Honora A. Salmon in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Colette was raised on the family farm in Cylon, WI and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1947. She furthered her education with a Nursing degree from St. Catherines college in St. Paul, MN. The Salmon family eventually settled on a farm south of Hudson, where she met her future husband, James Ruemmele.

Along with a successful career in nursing, Colette was an accomplished seamstress, knitter and tatter. Many people were the beneficiaries of Maid of Honor dresses, Prom Suits, school clothes and fisherman knit sweaters that she created through the years. She was also an accomplished baker, making cinnamon rolls and delicious buns every Saturday that she shared freely with others.

Colette also immensely enjoyed her time playing golf at Clifton Hollow, playing cards, being a 4-H leader for the Troy Trojans, being a devoted parishioner and volunteer at St Patrick’s church, and being a fierce supporter of her six children.

Colette is survived by her children, Rochelle (Frank) Kugel, Richard (Ruth Giron) Ruemmele, Larry (Mary Ann) Ruemmele, Bridget Ruemmele, Maureen Fassbinder, and Will (Denise) Ruemmele. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Amanda, Liz, Molly, Jenny, Jake and Kady; four great grandchildren, Haley, Reagan, Aubrey, and Tao; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Colette was preceded in death by her husband, James Ruemmele; son-in-law, John Fassbinder; siblings, Eleanor Salmon, an unnamed infant sibling, Mary (Don) Fischer, Rita Salmon, John (Harriet) Salmon, Barbara (Ed and Leo) Doody, Honora (Terrance) Lynch, twins Tom and Joan Salmon, and Eloise (Ed) Abbott. She was also preceded in death by in-laws, Dorothy (Enos) Smith, Marjorie (Charles) Gavin, and Rita (Douglas) Jenkins; and parents-in-law, Jacob and Amelia Ruemmele.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 17 at 11 am at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. The family welcomed guests at a visitation at the church one hour before the service. Everyone was encouraged to wear their best St Patrick’s Day outfit to honor Colette’s favorite color and the special day. Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.



  • Jana Feyereisen Posted March 14, 2023 5:56 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss! Lots of love, Randy and Jana

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 14, 2023 9:33 pm

      Thank you Jana and Randy

  • Pam Feyereisen Posted March 14, 2023 6:54 pm

    Sending our condolences to the Ruemmele family during this difficult time. Love Pam and Tom

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 14, 2023 9:34 pm

      Thank you Pam.

  • Mike Marson Posted March 15, 2023 8:45 am

    I know this is a sad and difficult time for the family please know that God will be welcoming Colette home and he will help ease your sadness if you open your hearts to him.

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 15, 2023 11:08 pm

      Thank you, Mike.

  • Wendy Posted March 15, 2023 1:13 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Pat Feyereisen sends her love and will be watching the live stream from St. Pats. Wendy

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 15, 2023 11:08 pm

      Thank you, Wendy

  • Carla Kurth Posted March 15, 2023 4:03 pm

    I am so sorry to’s so tough to lose someone. My thoughts are with the FAMILY.

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 15, 2023 11:08 pm

      Thank you, Carla

  • Art and Marilyn Posted March 15, 2023 4:19 pm

    Our sympathy to all the family. So sorry we can’t be there. Love and prayers,

    • Bridget Ruemmele Posted March 15, 2023 11:09 pm

      Thank you Art and Marilyn

  • jim marson Posted March 16, 2023 6:00 pm

    Gulp. I wish I had profound words. I say that Colette raised an amazing family of children that have had and still have a positive influence on everyone in thier sphere. We are all better because of it. God blless you Colette Rummele, a truly great American.

  • Stella Feyereisen Lingen Posted March 16, 2023 7:40 pm

    Prayers and Blessings to Collette ‘s family, I won’t be able to come tomorrow, as I’m still snowed in. I remember going to you mom and dad’s wedding, reception was held at her parents farm on the yard, not sure what year, ,but I was probably 10 – 15 years old. May she rest in peace.

  • Mark Moelter Posted March 17, 2023 11:12 am

    Sending prayers and blessings your way. Such sadness, but hold on to the memories for they will bring healing to the pain.

  • Lisa Abbott Pillarella Posted March 19, 2023 8:05 pm

    I’m so sorry, everyone. I’m so glad I was able to see her on her 90th birthday. I was just giving her cinnamon roll recipe to a friend and talking about eating them at your house when we visited from Bartlett. That recipe is now being baked by many people, although none of us can come close to the perfection of her rolls! Please let me know if there’s a particular charity you’d want me to support in her honor, otherwise I’ll give a donation in her name to CureSMA. I hope we can see each other again soon! Your cousin, Lisa

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