Gertrude “Trudy” G. Kotila, age 94 of Buffalo, formerly Delano, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was born April 15, 1924 in Minneapolis.
Trudy worked as part of the War Effort during WWII making cartridges and winding armatures to bomb bay doors.
Her sense of adventure led her to New York by train in 1945 where she and her sister Sally lived and worked for one year.
On April 17, 1948, Gertrude married Arnie Kotila in Ramsey County. The two were blessed with six children.
Trudy worked as a homemaker raising six children, and worked part time retail in Minneapolis. When the family moved to Delano, Trudy enjoyed working at B & C Exchange.
Trudy enjoyed sewing, making jewelry, drawing and making chalk art, collecting dolls and plates, raising tropical fish, and eating chocolate. She was an avid reader, but mostly enjoyed reading non-fiction books. She was a cheerful and upbeat person who loved everyone. She rescued and cared for many domestic and wild animals. Anyone who met Trudy instantly felt her gentle and kind personality and left saying “there should be more kind and sweet people like her in this world.”
She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnie; son, Jerry; parents, Paul and Ranka (Johansen) Magdal; and siblings, Joe, Sally and Norman.
Trudy will be deeply missed by her children, Trudi Coleman, Nancy (Dennis) Murray, Susan Kotila, Karen (Ray) Miller, Wayne Kotila; grandchildren, Pam (Victor) Romero, David Coleman, Christopher, Jonathan, Benjamin (Carleen) and Joshua Murray, Christina (Shrial) Baksh, Jeremy (Amanda) Swanson, Kim Kotila, Jen (Jordan) Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Lucas Romero, Matthew, Nicholas, Alexander, Drew, Aeris and Aeda Murray, Jordan Harper, Morgan and Megan Hesse, Jaiden and Tristen Baksh, Hunter, Mason and River Swanson, Olivia, Evelyn and Wyatt Sherwood; and many other loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM, with gathering of family and friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church, 1601 MN Hwy 25 in Buffalo, MN. A reception will follow the funeral service.
Please feel free to wear Trudy’s favorite color, purple, in memory of her for her service.
Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.