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Clifford Trudeau

October 19, 1926 February 14, 2007
Clifford Trudeau
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Clifford T. Trudeau died on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 at his home in Luck. Cliff went to be with the Lord after a short and dignified battle with cancer. He was 80 years old. Cliff was born in Hugo, Minn., on Oct. 19, 1926. He was a longtime St. Paul resident and business owner. Cliff and his brother, Ed were co-owners of Minnesota Lumber & Wrecking and Disposal Systems. He was married to Lorraine Schmitzer and had six children. They were married for 40 years until her death in 1990. He retired in 1994 and moved to his home on Bone Lake in Georgetown Township. Cliff married Hilda Jensen on June 12, 1994. He was an active outdoorsman in golf, snowmobiling, hunting, tinkering around the yard and in his pole barn. Cliff was always lending a hand (literally) to many neighbors and friends. He gave many hours of his time volunteering as a trustee and building co-chair for Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. He was a golf coach for people with special needs at the Luck Golf Course. Cliff was a member of the board of directors for the Polk County Snowmobile Council and past president of the Balsam and Bone Lake Snociables Snowmobile Club. He spent countless hours grooming and maintaining the trails. Cliff was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Cliff is preceded in death by first wife; grandson, Mitchell; sister, Lorraine Herbst; and brother, Lester. He is survived by wife, Hilda; sons, Tom (Michelle), Don (Debbie), Jim and Bob (Val); daughters, Terri (Ken) Steigauf and Barb (Mike) Miller; 18 grandchildren; brother, Ed; and sister, Audrey Sutherland. Also survived by stepchildren, Linda (Dean) Olson, Jo (Cleo) Hoel, Buck (Peg) Paulsen, Patti (Mike) Rufledt, Kevin Paulsen and Brian (Laura) Paulsen; 10 step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. The Jensen family, many cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends, will also miss him. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake, was held on Monday, Feb. 19, with Fr. Tom Thompson presiding. Cliff was laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Hugo, Minn. Pall bearers were Jeremy Trudeau, Marc Trudeau, Tom Steigauf, Scott Steigauf, Stephen Steigauf and Nicholas Miller. Honorary pall bearers were Karl Walstrom, Dick Klatt, Bill Jungbauer, Fred Priesnitz, Jack Wilson, Bill Olinger and Bob Rasmussen. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of Balsam Lake Building Fund or Lakeview Hospice, Stillwater, Minn.

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