Gertrude Marie White was born March 8, 1933 in Budapest Hungary. She came to the United States with her parents, Viktor, and Victoria Gauss, after World War II. They traveled to America by boat and entered through Ellis Island. She was 17 years old. The family stayed in New York City briefly and then moved to Denver, Colorado.
As a young woman, Trudy was an avid skier and would drive herself and her friends to the mountains in any kind of weather. She enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Trocadero Ballroom at Elitch Gardens, and worked primarily as an accountant in Denver, Colorado.
She met her husband, Charles William White, while on a double date and they were married in 1958. She had her first child, Julie, in 1960 and her second child, Karl, in 1963. She sold Avon to help put her children through college and was also the landlord of a family owned apartment complex in Denver.
She enjoyed traveling on cruise lines; airlines; and later in life, by senior bus tours. Perhaps her greatest love of all was her gardening. Trudy had incredible talent when it came to keeping the most pristine yard with the most beautiful trees, flowers, and lawn in the entire neighborhood. Her dismay toward rabbits and squirrels was equally as fervent, as she saw them as a threat to her well-tended plants.
Trudy never compromised her values and was never afraid to speak her mind. As such, she earned the title, “Spicy Hungarian,” by her children and others who knew her. She suffered a broken hip in 2016 but never let that slow her down. Though she had pain every day, she was back out working in the yard and walking her children’s dogs! Her resilient and noble spirit will greatly be missed.
Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, Viktor Gauss and Victoria Gauss, and by her husband, Charles White, and her brother, Viktor Gauss.
Trudy is survived by her children, Julie Godsey, and Karl White. She is also survived by her only grandson, Cory Beifuss, and her daughter-in-law, Jolene White, and her niece in Germany, Barbara Gauss.
We commend you for a life well lived and with zest! Be at peace mama!
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
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