Gertrude (Keeling) 'Trudi' Pedroni

Jul 22, 1914 - Feb 1, 2013


Gertrude (Keeling) Pedroni, 98, born July 22, 1914 on a farm in Ada, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2013 in Petaluma, CA. She was second of seven children born to Betty Lou “Bessie” (Tilley) and Thomas Elza Keeling, both of Arkansas.

Trudi is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Bruce Russell Pedroni (d.1992).  As matriarch, she survived six siblings: Ben Keeling (d.1990), C. Ray Keeling (d.1997), Lillie (Jimmie) P. Holder (d.1997), Billie Jean Montarbo (d.2002), Flora Jo Taylor (d.2007), and Tom Keeling, Jr. (d.2012); and two nephews: Terry V. Keeling (d.1997), and Scott E. Creekmore (d.2006).

Trudi proudly worked as a riveter/welder on U.S. Navy ships at the Benicia Arsenal during World War II. After the war, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco for 25 years, and later as a medical office assistant in Reno, NV. Although childless, Trudi loved and cared for her nieces and nephews throughout her life -all were blessed by her generous spirit, lively tales, and love for cooking.

She is survived by five nieces: Linda Correa (Houston TX), Cynthia Dunckel (McArthur CA), Carol Shields (Santa Rosa CA), Connie Smith (Houston TX), and Kem Tillford (Eugene OR); and three nephews: Robert L. Creekmore (McArthur CA), Joseph C. Keeling (San Jose CA), and Kevin Keeling (Somerset CA). Trudi loved and enjoyed her fourteen grandnieces and nephews: Kate E. Shields, Patrick J. Shields, Gina Dunckel Smith, Joel B. Dunckel, A.J. Keeling, Kelli Keeling, Brandon Keeling, Anita Wade, Stephanie Candela, Michelle Keeling, Christine Keeling, Eric Tillford, Jarelle Tillford, and Jared Tillford.

Trudi will be buried alongside her husband, Bruce, at East Lawn/Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.


  • Susie Dunckel says:

    My heart is warmed by the fond and fun childhood memories with Aunt Trude. The impromptu overnights at four years old when Uncle Bruce was on a long haul; we had special tea and pancakes. The Christmases on 7th Avenue in our “cousin pajamas” caught on home movies. The phone calls talking about a recent recipe. So for Aunt Trude, no more sorrow nor pain in this life; but an eternity with the Creator of Heaven and Earth and Life itself.

  • Carol Shields says:

    The end of an era to be sure – Aunt Trude was a legend in my life, and Kate and Patrick’s too. So many stories and memories of Aunt Trude’s infamous phone calls at 7am – all the kid’s friends knew of Aunt Trude and some had the pleasure of speaking with her. Aunt Trude always kept her door open for any of us who needed refuge and a kind word. She loved all the nieces and nephews as her own children. She was a bright spot in this Life, and I know she is happy to rejoin her brothers and sisters in Heaven, as her family meant more to Aunt Trude than anything else. I thank God for her abiding presence in my own life.

  • Kem Tillford says:

    The bible teaches that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, the dust returns to earth and the spirit returns to God who gave it. He has now wiped away every tear from your eyes and you have been reunited with your loving family that has been waiting for you. Now there is no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Tell all of them we love and miss them. The Lord has promised us an eternity with Him and it won’t be much longer before my generation comes to the Mansion He’s prepared for all who love Him. In the meantime RIP Auntie, enjoy worshipping the God of all creation and visiting family and friends and don’t forget to do a jig with mom for me;-) Thanks for the love and laughs Auntie.

  • Joe and Terri Keeling says:

    Auntie, thanks for all the memories, you will be missed, but I am sure you have reunited with your family and are doing a happy dance in heaven. Love Joe Craig and Terri

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