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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.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Margaret Davis

    Dearest Aunt Trudy, We loved you beyond compare. You are an angel now in heaven, and yes, here on earth. You loved deeply and cared for many others from family, friend, cats, dogs, and even the wildlife. Complaining was not your game. You are so beautiful both inside and outside. I LOVE YOU

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  2. Denny Murray

    A REMEMBERANCE of Trudy Kotila
    I have been fortunate to have known Trudy for the past 50 years. She was the most genuinely pleasant person to be with that I’ve ever known. A favorite comparison was Rose of the Golden Girls; Betty White being a close second.
    On visits, in the mornings I would find her relaxing on the sofa reading the newspaper. Then it was non-stop the rest of the day.
    On my birthday I would receive a birthday card, always with 20 dollars and signed Trudy. In later years I still got the $20 but the cards were signed Mom. My mother had recently passed away.
    I like to think that she felt I needed a mother and adopted me.
    Mom, you’ll be missed.
    Denny

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  3. Denny

    I have been fortunate to have known Trudy for 50 the past 50 years. She was the most genuinely pleasant person to be with that I’ve ever known. A favorite comparison was Rose of the Golden girls; Betty White being a close second.

    On visits, in the mornings I would find her relaxing on the sofa reading the newspaper. Then it was non-stop the rest of the day.

    Ony my birthday I would receive a birthday card, always with 20 dollars and signed Trudy. In later years I still got the $20 but the cards were signed Mom. My mother had recently passed away. I like to think that Trudy felt I needed a mother and adopted me.

    Mom, you’ll be missed

    Denny

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  4. Dennis Murray

    A REMEMBERANCE of Trudy Kotila
    I have been fortunate to have known Trudy for the past 50 years. She was the most genuinely pleasant person to be with that I’ve ever known. A favorite comparison was Rose of the Golden Girls; Betty White being a close second.

    On visits, in the mornings I would find her relaxing on the sofa reading the newspaper. Then it was non-stop the rest of the day.

    On my birthday I would receive a birthday card, always with 20 dollars and signed Trudy. In later years I still got the $20 but the cards were signed Mom. My mother had recently passed away.
    I like to think that she felt I needed a mother and adopted me.
    Mom, you’ll be missed.
    Denny

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  5. Karen Miller

    I love you Mom. You were beautiful inside and out.
    Your love will be with us forever

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  6. Nancy L Murray

    I love you Mom. You will always be in my heart. Yesterday I took you on your first plane ride. A Malamute service dog in the row ahead of me curled up against my purse where I had put you for safe traveling. Even now the animals know how special you were. Love Nancy

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  7. Lynette Kienholz

    I was blessed to have known Trudy. She wasn’t just family, she was a great friend. She was always so sweet and kind. I loved her dearly and will miss her.
    Love, Lynette

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  8. Pam Romero

    Grandma was my heart. I miss you so much already.
    Thank you for being “you”.

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  9. Trudi Coleman

    Dear Mom,

    How I miss you 🙁 I just learned that Doris
    Conzet has joined you. I expect you are having
    a lively conversation about your days at “The Feather”
    thrift store in Downtown Buffalo. Forever in my heart,
    Trudi

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