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In Memory of Edrys Heywood


Visitation will be held at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson on Tuesday, August 22nd from 4:00 - 6:30 PM, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, as well as one hour prior to the Mass at church

Funeral Services

Mass of Christian Burial for Edrys Heywood will take place at St. Patrick’s’ Church in Hudson on Wednesday August 23rd at 11:00 AM

Edrys Ann (Ruethin) Heywood, age 101 of Hudson, died Friday August 18th, 2017 in her home at Pine Ridge Assisted Living in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Edrys was born February 12, 1916, in Ridgeland, Wisconsin, the daughter of Knute A. Ruethin and Lillian G. Ruethin. At age 7, she moved with her parents to Barron, Wisconsin, where her father was a practicing physician. She graduated from UW-Madison with a major in English in 1938.

After a year of employment in Wheaton, Illinois, Edrys was married on June 17, 1939, to John (Jack) D. Heywood, son of John G. and Carrie Kahler Bigler Heywood in New Richmond, Wisconsin.  After several moves in Wisconsin, they settled in Hudson in 1945 where Jack practiced law and they raised their five children.

Edrys was active in the community and greatly enjoyed her family and many friends. She served on the Hudson Housing Authority of Croix View from 1975 to 1991, and on the Board for the Phipps Center for the Arts from its founding until 1990. She was active in St. Patrick’s Home and School Association, and St. Patrick’s Parish Council of Catholic Women. She later served on the building committee for the new church. She was a long-time member of the Hudson Great Books Club, the Women’s Club, and P.E.O.

Drawing and painting were life-long interests, and she became well known and highly regarded as an artist. Some of her paintings were commissioned, but most were gifted to and greatly treasured by family and friends. Edrys also loved poetry. She committed many poems to memory and presented a number of programs to groups in the area, including, at age 95, a memorized presentation of her favorite poems to the residents of Wintergreen in Hudson. Edrys also loved learning about other cultures and people. She and Jack traveled frequently around the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, China, Taiwan, and Japan. 

Edrys and Jack were a host family for an American Field Service (AFS) high school student, Raimund Seidel, from Graz, Austria, from 1973-1974. They also hosted a UW-River Falls graduate student from Taiwan, Nai-Ting (Ann) Chen. Maintaining relationships with both of them and their families throughout her life was a source of great joy. Another great joy was getting to know her Swedish relatives through visiting them in Sweden and hosting them in Hudson.

Edrys was preceded in death by her husband in 2001 and by two great grandchildren. She is survived by her five children: John Groves of Vancouver, Canada, Mary Edrys (James) Kubiak of Afton, MN, Ann Heywood (Gene Stanley), of Eau Claire, WI, Catherine Joan (John) Baumgartner of Olivia, MN, and Thomas Ruethin (Elizabeth) Heywood of Haines, AK; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial for Edrys Heywood will take place at St. Patrick’s’ Church in Hudson on Wednesday August 23rd at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson on Tuesday, August 22nd  from 4:00 – 6:30 PM, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, as well as one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Hudson.  Memorials are preferred to Pine Ridge Assisted Living, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, or the Phipps Center for the Arts, all in Hudson. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Pine Ridge & Adoray Hospice for their loving care.

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    • Edrys was an amazing woman. I had the honor of sitting with her, holding her hand, and talking to her the day before she passed. I work in the Business Office at CCH, so you would think I don’t have much interaction with the residents. However, I have been able to help out at Pine Ridge many times with meals, with fire drills, with bad weather, with holding hands of residents while we wait for a nurse or family. I had many conversations with Edrys and enjoyed each one. She is missed.

    • Edrys was truly a special person; kind, smart, and thoughtful. I have lots of good memories of her during my youth and in the past few years visiting her both before and after my mother died. I know she was ready to leave this world for a while and am happy for her because of that, but boy, I will miss having her in this world.

      My condolences to the entire family

      Jeanne Bourget

    • To all of Edrys’s dear family,
      Please know how much you have been in our hearts and thoughts ever since we heard the news that Edrys had passed away. Oh, what a loving presence she has been in our family’s life for so many, many years. What wonderful memories we will cherish. She was a blessing to everyone who knew and loved her and will live on in our lives and hearts.
      Much love, Mary Beth & Gary and Barbara

    • It is with such sadness that I learned of Edrys’ passing. After we bought her house on Twelve Oaks Lane she and I became friends. It was always a pleasure having her for a lunch or dinner. And she was such a gracious hostess when I visited her at Wintergreen, telling me stories of her travels and her family. We shared a love of chocolate covered orange rind which was a tradition each time I visited her. Edrys was a remarkable woman in her spirit for life and her love for her family and friends. I will truly miss knowing that she is of this world and remember with fondness our times together. My sympathy for you loss.

      Cheryl Lottman
      Doylestown, Pennsylvania

    • It was with sadness I heard of the passing of Mrs. Heywood. She held a very special place in my heart because of the very special person she was. She made everyone she met feel as if they were dear to her, and she was truly loved for that. She warranted complete respect and love. Please accept my sympathies.
      Catherine Cumming Adams

    • Your mother has reached an impressive number of years, an age we
      desire. I often think of her friendliness and the way she welcomed me
      in her home full of warmth.
      With love

    • Tom & Liz,
      Extending our thoughts and prayers to you and family on the loss of your Mom. Although we did not know her, knowing you tells me she must have been a great person. Hope your memories of her will be full of smiles and warmth forever.
      Take Care…
      jb & Jay Hands

    • “Unable are the loved to die for love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson

      Sending the family love and light.

      Blessings, Mary

    • My sincere condolences to Mary and all the Heywood family on your loss…Edrys was a beautiful person, inside and out, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every time we saw her. She will be deeply missed by many…may your many fond memories console you and help get you through this sad time.

      Love, Sue