Robin Hudson


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2023
O'Connell Family Funeral Home - Baldwin
1010 Newton St
Baldwin WI, 54002

Memorial Service

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2023
O'Connell Family Funeral Home - Baldwin
1010 Newton St
Baldwin WI, 54002

Robin Rae Hudson, age 67, of Baldwin, WI passed away on January 23, 2023, after years of fighting health complications. Born in Baldwin, WI January 29, 1955, Robin lived on the family farm with her parents Theresa and Edward Vandenberg until she was 2-years-old. Her father passed away when she was 18-months-old and her stepfather when she was young, leaving her maternal grandparents to help raise her.

In 1975, Robin married Ralph Hudson and they lived in the Twin Cities area where she enjoyed working with her church, the South Saint Paul Clown Club, and Clowns of America directing the touring of the bucket brigade. She also worked with Pet Haven Animal Adoption, serving on the board of directors, respite programs, and the Developmental Learning Center in Dakota County. From 1985 to 1994, the family lived in Texas where Robin enjoyed her work with Arbor Creek Outreach Center and the Hunt County Boys and Girls Club. On her return to Baldwin, WI she worked at Hardware Hank (later Ace Hardware), Catholic Charities, Christ Recovery Center, and many Union Gospel Mission programs.

Robin loved everyone and every dog she saw and they loved her. She brought sunshine wherever she went. She will always be remembered for her bright smile and love for all human beings.

Robin is survived by her husband Ralph; daughters Heather Hudson and her partner Nathan Balzart, and Danni Vandenberg; bonus children Susan (Terry) Minder, Donna Christiansen, and Dianne (Michael) Hell; grandchildren Matthew Hudson, Alexys Jones, Krista Christiansen, Jared Christiansen, Bret Christiansen, Cody Minder, and James Hell; and great-granddaughter Rylee Schlafge and many nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Theresa, stepfather Newton Tilton, brother Dale Vandenberg, and sister Joyce Dejoy.


A memorial service for Robin will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, WI. Visitation will be from 2-4 pm with a service at 4 pm.


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4 Responses

  1. Dear Ralph and Family,

    “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

    Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal; loves leaves a memory that no one can steal.

    The richness of Robin’s life lies in memories. May your memories remain vivid, strong, and continue to bring you comfort.

    Sending light and love, Mary Grosenick (277 St. Andrews Drive, Hudson, WI 54016)

  2. Robin and I grew up in the same neighborhood. In fact her mother, Theresa, was like a second Mom to me. Over days off for Teachers Convention she and I would make leaf houses. We rode our bikes together, and generally just hung out. I had lost touch with Robin until about a month ago when I saw on Facebook that she was anxious to get home from the hospital. We chatted a bit though Messenger, and I will treasure that brief connection for a long time. RIP, Robin.

  3. Ralph, Heather, Dani and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry I can’t make it to the service. I have good memories of Robin. RIP my friend.

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