On May 28, 2021 at 7:30 am at Boundary Trails Health Centre, JESUS came to take our daughter, sister, aunt and friend Trudy Funk, to her heavenly home.
Left to cherish memories of her, are her mom, Margaretha Funk of Eastview Place, Altona, Sisters – Dora (Bob) Wolfe of Grenfell, Sask., Sarah (Peter) Wolfe of Bergfeld, Annie (George) Penner of Tolstoi, and Phyliss Funk of Winkler and their families.
She was predeceased by her dad, Jacob B. Funk, brother Edwin, an infant sister and two nephews.
Trudy was born on September 18, 1956, the fifth child to Jacob and Margaretha Funk. Having been born with cerebral palsy, she never went to school, but loved to sit beside us and listen to us doing homework verbally. She enjoyed being read to. She loved to sit beside dad when he did his books, calculating spendings and earnings. He did his additions so Trudy could hear it all.
She had many seizures during her early years due to her condition. On Sunday, December 31, 1989 she got very sick and was taken to Altona Hospital. From there she was sent to Bethel Hospital in Winkler where they did exploratory surgery and found her stomach had a large hole in it, spilling all food she had eaten into her abdominal cavity. On January 1, 1990, she was transferred to HSC in Winnipeg where she spent about 65 days. This was followed by another two weeks in Winkler before finally going home.
On August 6, 1990, dad passed away leaving a big empty space for Trudy and mom. In 1992 Mom and Trudy moved to 55 Spruce Crescent Altona. On June 6th, Trudy moved to a Blue Sky group home on 4th Avenue, Southeast in Altona, where she lived till her passing. She enjoyed going to the Blue Sky Opportunity workshop. She made many friends there both staff and individuals who spend their weekdays there working.
Mom and Sarah went to visit Trudy at 212 where she lived, on a weekly basis. Then when mom moved to the Ebenezer apartments and later Eastview care home, we reversed that and Trudy went to visit mom with either Sarah or, a staff from her house would take her.
Trudy enjoyed going shopping, going on outings such as a greenhouse to look at and buying flowers for planting in planters, going to the Winnipeg Zoo and museums. She liked to tease family members as well as her caregivers. Many have shared with us about her contagious laugh and her bright smile. She loved people.
One caregiver shared that she had asked Trudy if she wanted to pick out flowers for the planters this spring. Trudy said NO. The caregiver asked a second time, Trudy again said NO. Did Trudy know she would not be here to enjoy them?
SHE WILL BE MISSED.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Altona Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment will follow at the Neubergthal Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Trudy may be made to Blue Sky Opportunities.