Mary M. Rudolph


Posted: Friday, September 08, 2006

Former Juneau resident Mary M. Rudolph, 90, died Aug. 29, 2006, near her home in Kingston, Wash.

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She was born March 26, 1916, to John and Margaret (nee Nolan) Lennon in Butte, Mont. She came to Juneau with her two young brothers in December 1932. On Oct. 2, 1934, she married Thomas F. Rudolph at Sister's Chapel in St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau.

Early in the 1950s, she was employed at Lyle's Hardware and later the Territorial Bureau of Public Roads in Juneau. She worked at the state Department of Health and Welfare and retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation in 1978. She was involved in forming the original state employees association, was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and served as secretary of the Pioneers of Alaska for many years. She was active in Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Peter's of Douglas and St. Paul's. She enjoyed fishing on the family boat, the Rudolphin.

In 1978, she and her husband retired to Kingston, where she was involved in many volunteer endeavors. She received several honors and recognitions for her volunteer work.

Family members said, "Mary was renowned for artful stories, yarns and the ability to tell a joke."

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, and brother, Jack Lennon, in 1939.

She is survived by her children, Veronica Rudolph, of Olympia, Wash., Kenneth Rudolph and his wife, Cherie, of Juneau, and Charlotte Richards and her husband, David, of Juneau; granddaughters, Erin Richards, of Hollywood, Calif., and Kelly Merrick and her husband, Joey, and their son, Hunter, of Eagle River; and brother, Terry Lennon, of Juneau, and his daughters, Gale Sinnott, Delece Lennon, Kandace Dennison, Nancy Lennon and their families.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at St. Olaf's Church in Poulsbo, Wash., and at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be sent to Shrine of St. Therese, 5933 Lund St., Juneau, AK, 99801. The family may be reached at PO Box 33173, Juneau, AK, 99803, or 7212 Mirimichi Beach, Olympia, WA, 98502.

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