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Berdena Sattler - August 19, 2010


Berdena Lee Dudden Sattler, 92, was born Nov. 28, 1917 in a sod house on a homestead in rural Sedgwick County to Barney and Christina Collins Dudden. She died peacefully on Aug. 19, 2010.

She graduated from Venango High School, attended Kearney State Teachers College and taught a one-room school in the late 1930s and early 1950s.

She married Herb Sattler Nov. 29, 1939, and they farmed near Venango, Neb. for many years. In 1948, Berdena secured a parcel of land and a historic log cabin on the Poudre River from the U Bar U Ranch in the Poudre Canyon, which the family enjoyed every summer after wheat harvest.

The Sattlers moved to Fort Collins in 1960 and became active in Newcomers. Berdena later served as president of that organization. Herb and Berdena moved to the Poudre Canyon permanently in 1967 and became deeply involved in the community.

Berdena will be remembered by thousands who savored her homemade sourdough pancakes at Rustic Resort, the family business she operated in the Poudre Canyon in the 1970s and 1980s. She satisfied her life’s dream of having a small restaurant where she could cook to her heart’s content. Before the Rustic opened, Berdena and Herb had great experiences while helping their eldest son run the Yukon King Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.

She delighted in her many bridge partners, political friends and colleagues at CSU, particularly the students and staff at Pingree Park and Lory Student Center, where she worked in the 1960s.

She admired the Colorado State professors who originated the Peace Corps, and after Rustic Resort sold, she joined the Peace Corps in 1983, serving the Philippines and Jamaica.

Berdena was a life member of Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary, supported the Republican Party and various charities, participated in the Poudre Canyon Red Hat Society and assisted the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District.

Berdena was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; and siblings, Garrett Dudden, Alis Bellairs and Orville Dudden.

She is survived by her sister, Christine Rosenbach; brother, Raymond Dudden; children, Ward Sattler, LeAnn Davis, Kristine Williams and Sidney Sattler; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be held for family and friends Sunday, Sept. 19 from 12 noon-3 p.m. at Tapestry House, 3212 North Overland Trail, Laporte, Colo.

Gifts in Berdena’s memory may be sent to Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 364, Laporte, CO 80535. Friends may send condolences to the family at bohlender funeralchapel.com.