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Gertrude "Trudy" Marie Wedel

April 5, 1928 - September 22, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Gertrude "Trudy" Marie Wedel

Gertrude "Trudy" Marie Wedel

Born: April 5, 1928
Died: September 22, 2019
Age: 91

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    Gertrude “Trudy” Marie Wedel was born April 5, 1928 in Milford, IA to John and Josephine (Uhlenkamp) Reiman. Trudy was the youngest in a family of four girls and two boys. She grew up on a farm south east of Milford, where she helped her dad with the chores including feeding the pigs and caring for the chickens. She graduated from Milford high school in 1946.

     Trudy went to work for radio station KICD in 1951. This is where she met her future husband Jack Wedel, who joined the station in 1952. Although Jack failed to show for their first date, she forgave him and they married in July 1953.

     They had two children, Mark and Shelley. While the kids were young, she worked off and on at the radio station. Jack died in 1982 and she then went back to work as a bookkeeper at RC Hardware. Later she became the bookkeeper for NW IA Urologists for more than 25 years, until her retirement at the age of 80.

     Trudy enjoyed playing bridge beginning in the 60s with her friends the Kliegl’s and Kulsrud’s and up until a few years ago with her bridge club friends. She would play bridge all day, given the opportunity. Trudy also spent hours quilting. All the grandkids have a quilt made by her. She was an amazing role model. Her strength, independence, courage, and calm classy demeanor will always be remembered.

     Trudy passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the age of 91.  Trudy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack in 1982; 2 sisters: Loretta Fogarty and Clara Mohr and two brothers: Clarence Reiman and Bernard Reiman; one son-in-law, Curt Anson.

     Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mark (Susan) Wedel of Spencer, IA and her daughter, Shelley Anson of Kansas City, MO; 7 grandchildren, Molly (Todd) Radigan, Amy (Doug) Petersen, Lindsay (Jamie) Grosse, Douglas (Tara) Wedel, Kristen Anson (Andrew) Sara (Jonathan) McAfee, and Matt Anson (Victoria); 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Montag of Nora Springs, IA; other relatives; and many friends.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Fr. Tim Hogan
Douglas Wedel
Matt Anson
Todd Radigan
Jamie Grosse
Doug Petersen
Ben Hartzell
Andrew Gibson
Jonathan McAfee
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:04 PM
“Mark, Shelley and family, your parents did a lot of things for me, and though I haven't been around Spencer for a long time, I still remember and think about all they meant to me. May both of them rest in peace.”
- Jim Bohnenkamp
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“It was truly an honor and privilege to know Trudy. She was such a delughtful and kind person I so enjoyed visiting with her when she came in town to see Shelley. I know now where Shelley gets her strength and personality. Many people will miss her but she left us all with great memories that will warm the heart for years to come. My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. Hugs and love. R.I.P. Trudy”
- Carol Smith
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“I didn't get to know Trudy very well bu seemed like a sweet lady
I am Doug Petersens mother.
- Ruth Petersen
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Mark, Sending My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Losing a Mother is so difficult no matter the age. Your mother was a wonderful lady. Prayers during this difficult time. ”
- Linda Oclair
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“Trudy was a delight and such a great conversationalist! She taught me one thing I will never forget. She cooked meat in her crock pot with no water or liquid. She said extra liquid made the meat tougher. She was right! It's the only way I do it now. Thanks Trudy!
- Lori Gregory
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 8:21 AM
“Wedel family, continued prayers for you all! May you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories!”
- Elizabeth Bohnenkamp
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:12 PM
“Mark & Sue,
So very sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences! Mark & Sue Hallett”
- Sue Hallett
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:26 PM
“Addendum to above: Beautiful picture of Trudy...Judy and Clayton Henrichsen ”
- Judy Henrichsen
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:26 PM
“Mark, Sue, Shelley and very sorry to hear the passing of your mother, Trudy...she was such a dear, sweet lady and neighbor, always lovely to visit with and help when needed...she will be missed in so many ways...May Jesus wrap His loving arms around you giving Strength, Comfort and Peace that only He can give...(((Hugs)))”
- Judy Henrichsen
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 4:55 PM
“Mark, Shelley & families, so very sorry to hear of Trudy's passing. She was such an awesome lady. Sending prayers & hugs.”
- Jeriann Golden
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