Gertrude T. Fisk, 90, died on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Murray Fisk.
She was born January 7, 1928 in Clarion, PA to Mary Gertrude Meisinger and Edward Leo Trunk and was the youngest of 6 children. She attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School and graduated from Clarion High School in 1946. Seton Hill College was her choice to pursue a career in Home Economics which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1950. Later, Trudy would return to Penn State to receive her degree in Reading. Trudy married her husband Murray Fisk in 1951. Together they provided a loving home and raised 5 children in a house that he built in 1956.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Lunger. She is survived by her children, Jane Wiggins and husband Pete of Martinez, GA, Marilyn Miller and husband Tom of Wyalusing, Paul Fisk and wife Zita of Tunkhannock and Ann Fisk-Ware and husband Tim of Tunkhannock. She was blessed with 7 grandchildren: Rachel McDonald, Michael Wiggins, Timothy Wiggins, Ben Heller, Tiffany Wiggins, Adam Ware and Abagail Ware and 5 great-grandchildren: Madison, Lochlain, Declan and Ailey McDonald and Lucy Wiggins.
Tunkhannock Area Middle School had the pleasure of employing Trudy for 20 years as a 7th and 8th grade Reading teacher, where she touched so many young lives with her love of children and the importance of reading and their education.
Trudy was an accomplished seamstress and fabulous cook. She was a 4-H leader, teaching many young members to sew. She also taught Adult Tailoring and Parenting Classes in the evenings.
At age 42, she and her friend Nancy started the Middle School Ski Club, allowing young students and herself the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful winters and learn to ski.
She belonged to the Tunkhannock Women’s Club, Altar and Rosary Society of Nativity BVM, 4-H Leader, Bridge Club and Bible Study.
Trudy was an amazing wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, teacher, friend and mentor. She had an innate ability to make everyone that she came in contact with feel loved and worthy of her attention. Everything she said and did came from her heart. She had profound faith in God and it was an honor to make her prayer list. She saw sunshine in even the cloudiest of days. In order to carry on her legacy, the family asks that you show kindness to not only your family, but everyone you come in contact with. Look a stranger in the eyes and really smile at them and pay them a compliment. Hug a friend or family member and tell them how much they mean to you. Make someone their favorite cookies or buy them a small gift, even if it’s just a piece of their favorite candy to let them know you were thinking of them. These are things that Trudy did every single day of her life.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 6th from the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock at 10:00 AM. Interment will be held in Sunnyside Cemetery. A viewing for friends and family will be held on Thursday evening from 4-8 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to Nativity Church BVM 99 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.