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.