Marilyn A. Hudspeth

October 23, 1946 - August 19, 2018

Marilyn A. Hudspeth, age 71, of New Prague, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center. Marilyn was born on October 23, 1946 in Algona, Iowa, to Le Roy and Alma (Grandgenett) Stoffel. She graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School and following business school, worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She married Thomas A. Hudspeth on June 14, 1969 at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Algona and the couple eventually settled in New Prague. Marilyn was an active member in St. Wenceslaus Church, coordinating the altar server program, serving as a Eucharistic minister, providing support during Capital Campaigns, and active in the discipleship program, Befrienders, and Hope House. Her volunteerism spread into the community as well with her dedication to Habitat for Humanity and commitment to Unbound.


Marilyn worked for a short time at St. Wenceslaus School, where she proudly sent all five children for their elementary years. Her second favorite job was as a receptionist at Hairchitects, a natural fit for her warm, uplifting, positive, funny personality. But her favorite job was the pride she took in being a homemaker, creating a home filled with traditions that was warm and loving and continued until she took her final breath. She was a woman of deep faith, inspiring others to come back to church and finding their faith. She was also an avid reader, instilling a love of reading in her children and grandchildren and a proud member of her book club.   She enjoyed numerous trips with her daughters and those trips always had a theme involving Charlotte Bronte. Road trips in the convertible with Tom, her husband and love of her life, rounded out her travels. She was a noted calligrapher and an avid rock painter in the 80’s. The greatest joy in her life, however, was her grandchildren and she was the grandmother who was goofy, fun, engaged, and always loving.


Marilyn is survived by her children, Jim (Anh) Hudspeth of Shakopee, Ann (Jamie) Jerdee of Northfield, Katie (Dave) Bohn of Shakopee, Mary (Chris) Darling of Eagan, John Hudspeth (Jessica Feeney) of Fairmont; brother, Bob (Sue) Stoffel of Algona, IA; sisters, Shirley (Tom) Tuggle of Monterey, CA, Barb (Ron) Plathe of Rochester, MN, Jan (Denny) Thompson of Algona, IA; 11 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom on January 24, 2018; her parents.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton and Deacon Mickey Redfearn officiating.  Visitation will take place Thursday from 4-8 PM and Friday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 at Bruzek Funeral Home. Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.

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Denny Thompson

I feel extremely fortunate to have been related to Marilyn. Although it was by marriage, she always felt like the sister I never had. Jan and I are heartbroken over her loss. God speed soul sister.

Sue Gregor

I am honored, and privileged to say I was a friend of your moms. Marilyn was a wonderful member of our Hairchitects team, and loved by all of us. We will all miss her bubbly personality and smiles when she came into the shop. I am so sorry for all of you, and your children. Now your parents are together again, and will watch over all of you. ♥️

Ken Kes

Marilyn was a very special person. Her volunteering for her passions was remarkable. For me it was Hope House and Loaves and Fishes. She will be greatly missed. Our hearts are with all of you at this time.

Ken and Rosella Kes

Juanita Peters

My heart is full of sadness, especially around Christmas time when we always got together for our Mother-daughter get together. It wouldn’t be the same without Marilyn,the life of the party..RIP dear friend. You will be missed.

Mary Cruise

From the family of Joe and Florence Grandgenett we send our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was my first cousin. Your Grandmother Alma was our Dad’s sister. Both my Husband and Brother graduated with your Mom. Your parents certainly have a family to be proud of ! They are in Heaven together !

Carolyn Braley

She was one of my best friends in high school. May the Lord embrace the entire family and guide you through this sad time.

Love and Prayers,
Carol Braley (Arndorfer)

Jean and Doug Zimankse

Marilyn may have been born in Iowa, but she was full of Minnesota Nice. The Festival cookie baking crew will miss her. Rest well, good and faithful servant, rest well. Our sympathy to her family and friends.

Mary Pieper

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Marilyn was such a wonderful woman, mother, dear friend and so much more.
She was such an inspiration for me and her smiles and laughter were contagious.

Whitney (King) Foster

I am so very sorry to all of the Hudspeth kids and the family of Marilyn. I will always remember her beautiful smile and laugh. She was full of love and life. Hold on to the memories. Lots of love.

Helen Krapp

Rest In Peace, Marilyn! Helen (Weydert) Krapp. Class of ‘64

Jackie Yackley

You are all in my thoughts. Your mother, Marilyn was a wonderful woman! Always there for those in need! I am sure Don was right there giving her a hard time about her hair color — a longtime joke that Don would give her such a hard time about! Don considered Marilyn a very dear friend, as did I. They are all now at peace, and I am sure have many wonderful things to do in Heaven!

Ruth Goodman

Awesome Lady

Charlene Riesgraf Skluzacek

I am blessed to have had our last conversation with you. You were so serene and at peace. You made me laugh. I will always love you and cherish our memories. Until we meet again sweet friend. Xoxox Charlene and Don

Tami Waltz

The entire Hudspeth family is in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Shelly and Darrel Besikod

Our hearts are with you at this very difficult time. May she Rest In Peace and dignity.