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In Memory of Dorothy I. Cudd


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday July 12, 2022
Trinity Lutheran Church - West Campus
1205 6th St.
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday July 12, 2022
Trinity Lutheran Church - West Campus
1205 6th St.
Hudson WI, 54016

Dorothy I. Cudd, age 89, of Hudson, WI, passed away on July 6, 2022 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.


Dorothy was born on November 12, 1932 in Spring Valley, WI to Harris and Inga (Kjelmo) Hovde.  Love at first site, at a high school dance, she met her soul mate, Thomas H. Cudd, and the two would be married on March 15, 1952 in River Falls.   She graduated from Spring Valley High School, in the class of 1950.  She went on to further her education at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA.  Together, Dorothy and Tom owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Baldwin from 1955-57, a reupholstering business in North Hudson and later opening the Country Squire Furniture Store in downtown Hudson from 1966-86.  After that, they continued to sell window coverings and did reupholstering until 1988.


Dorothy and Tom were avid travelers, and cherished their many winters in Arizona.  After retirement, most mornings, Dorothy could be found doing crossword puzzles, or out and about on the golf course with Tom. She was a wonderful baker, and spoiled her kids and grandkids with her delicious sweets. Above everything, faith and family were important pillars to Dorothy’s life. She was a loving wife, supportive mother, doting grandmother, and caring sister, aunt, and friend.


She is survived by her children, Patti Cudd (Nelson Zamora) and Phillip Cudd; grandchildren: Sabrina Cudd, Tere Cudd-Zamora, and Wade Cudd; along with many nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; parents; and siblings: Russell, Norma, Bobby, Bernice, Glen, Harlan, Helen and Jim.


Visitation for Dorothy will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church – West Campus, 1205 6th St., Hudson. Funeral Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. at the church. The service will be livestreamed on Trinity’s YouTube page HERE. Interment at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.

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    • Dorothy was a joyful, kind and loving ray of sunshine. A gift to everyone lucky enough to know her. Her laughter and positive outlook will be greatly missed. I thank her for her innumerable kindnesses and am sure she is resting in peace.

    • Dorothy was the the most joyful person I ever met. She ALWAYS greeted everyone with a big smile. Her heart was filled with gratitude and love no matter her circumstances. When my parents moved to Wintergreen, she welcomed them warmly and she and my mom became fast friends. She was a bright light in this sometimes dark world. Let your light shine, dear Dorothy. You will not be forgotten. Love Always, Karen Eno

    • Since 1985, in the middle of my freshman year of college, I’ve always considered Mrs Cudd my “college mom”. After my mom passing away earlier that year, she and Mr Cudd always made me feel like part of their family having been invited for Easter meal by Patti on a number of occasions as well as simply to stop by since my family lived 4 hours away. Over the years, whenever I would call Patti on her birthday, I would always tell Patti to tell her mom that I say, hello. On Mother’s day, I would text Patti a Happy Mother’s Day and ask that she pass a happy Mother’s day along to her mom as well. The last time I saw Mrs Cudd in Hudson, when the staff asked who I was there to see, I simply said to tell Mrs Cudd that her “college son” was here to see her. A minute later they pointed me to her room and let me be on my way. When she met me at her door and after exchanging hello’s, she said, yup, you’re my “college son” alright. I have met a lot of individuals in my life, but very few who have touched my heart the way that she did. With the kindness shown to me by her along with Mr Cudd, the word that I use to describe the honor of Patti introducing me to her parents? Grateful. I will truly miss her, for Mrs Cudd was an exceptional human being.

    • Dorothy was one of the kindest, most joyful, loving people I’ve ever known. I enjoyed getting to know her while she was at WinterGreen, then Pine Ridge. We spent many hours together chatting, laughing, and looking at pictures. She loved her family so much and loved to show off all the wonderful pictures she would receive. I loved Dorothy like a member of my own family and will be forever grateful for the time I was able to spend with her. Prayers for healing, peace and comfort to Patti, Phil and all of her wonderful family. Debi

    • Phil and Patti, you have my deepest sympathy. Your mom was a cheerful, kind soul who loved others unconditionally and who loved Jesus unapologetically. When I think about who impacted me in my younger years in my faith journey, your mom and dad top my list. So thankful for them. Dorothy continued blessing me during our visits in recent years. Her beautiful smile could light up a room. She knew exactly where she was going; may we find peace in that. What a reunion in heaven! See you on Tuesday. Much love to you and your families. Katie