Faith “Bunny” Podolski

May 16, 1937-Nov. 13, 2020

Faith A. “Bunny” Podolski, 83, Minot, passed

away November 13, 2020,

at a Minot assisted living


Faith was born May 16,

1937, on a farm north of

Anamoose, ND, the

daughter of Frank and

Isabelle (Bruner) Rudnick.

She was the second oldest of seven children.

Faith attended a country school northeast of

Anamoose until 1947,

when her family moved to

a farm one mile south of

Anamoose. She then attended school in town

and graduated from

Anamoose High School in

1955. She remembered

riding to both schools in a

horse-drawn school bus.

After graduation, Faith

went to work for the

McHenry County Extension Office in Towner,

ND. Here she met the

love of her life, Ernest Podolski, in the Catholic

church. They were married on July 2, 1957, at St.

Francis Xavier Catholic

Church in Anamoose.

They moved to Minot

where Faith worked for

Gate City Savings until

children began to arrive.

She stayed at home to

raise her four children.

When the youngest started school, she went to

work for the City of Minot

as secretary to the City

Manager. She held that

job for ten years until her

health prevented her from

working outside the


Faith was diagnosed

with rheumatoid arthritis

while in her twenties, but

she didn’t let that stop her

from living life to its fullest. She enjoyed gardening, growing house

plants, and watching the

birds that visited her yard.

She loved doing crafts,

including sewing, quilting, tatting, quilling,

painting, and embroidery.

Her handiwork hangs in

the homes of many family

and friends. She collected cookie cutters, thimbles, and tiny perfume

bottles – and had fun helping her grandchildren collect Care Bears and Beanie

Babies during the crazes.

Lots of time was spent at

her kitchen table doing

puzzles and playing card

games, especially Pinochle and Blitz. In recent years she made

rosaries that were sent to

overseas missions and

given to fourth grade students at Bishop Ryan

Catholic School.

Faith and Ernie were

charter members of St.

John the Apostle Catholic

Church, Minot, where she

taught CCD for over 20

years. She was a member

of the Confraternity of

Christian Mothers and

volunteered to work and

bring bars for church

events. Devoted to her

Catholic faith and the

Holy Rosary, she was

proud that all of her children graduated from

Bishop Ryan High School

and went on to earn their

college degrees.

Faith was known as

“Bunny” by her family

and friends. She received

this nickname from her

older brother, LeRoy.

While in the field, her

Dad found a baby rabbit

and brought it in the

house to show the kids.

After petting the bunny,

LeRoy thought it was as

soft as his sister and started calling her Bunny.

Faith is survived by her

four children, Tam (Winston) Black, Tom (Kim) Podolski, Jan (Jay) Laudenschlager, all of Minot, and

Jeff (Patricia) Podolski of

Denver; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Shari)

Black, Katie (Jordan)

Huettl, and Erin (Luke)

Charley, Tyan Podolski,

Tyler Podolski, Erik

(Megan) Laudenschlager,

Adam (Kenya Kraft)

Laudenschlager, Aram

(Fran) Podolski, and

Brock (Claire) Podolski;

and three greatgrandchildren, Etta &

Archer Huettl, and

Bernadette Black. She is

also survived by sisters

Clarann (Don) Mayer and

Glory (Bill) Engen, both of

Harvey, ND, Judy (Jim)

Boley and Cindy Rudnick

(Dan Henes), Minot, ND,

and sister-in-law Berdie

Rudnick (Chuck Leier),

Velva, ND, and special

niece Terri (Cory)

Anderson, Minot.

Faith was preceded in

death by her husband, Ernie; her parents; her

grandson, Jason Black;

and brothers, LeRoy and

Robert Rudnick.

Funeral: Due to Covid-19, a Mass of Christian Burial for immediate

family will be held on November 16, 2020, at 10:00

a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church,


Interment: Following

Mass, interment will take

place beside her beloved

Ernie at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

The service will be

livestreamed for the public to view and can be accessed by going to


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Funeral arrangements

by Thompson-Larson

Funeral Home.