Gertrude “Trudy” Strong, 73, died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Hodgeman County Health Center in Jetmore, Kansas. She was born June 25, 1945 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Claude & Mildred (Stebens) Irsik.
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Trudy has lived most of her life in the Garden City and Holcomb area. She attended Holcomb schools and graduated from Holcomb High School. On July 6, 1964, she married Jerry M. Strong, Sr. in Garden City. Trudy was a homemaker, but in her early years, she worked at Woolworth’s and St. Catherine Hospital. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, taking care of kids, crossword puzzles, spending time at the library, and volunteering at the voting booths during elections.
Survivors include 3 sons Jeffrey A. Strong of Flippin, Arkansas, Jerry M. Strong, Jr. of Garden City, & Jerome W. Strong of Garden City; 4 daughters Annette R. Geier of Jetmore, Kansas, Laurie Fry of Garden City, Michele Strong of Garden City, & Tracie Waterhouse of Jetmore, Kansas; 27 Grandchildren; and 28 Great-Grandchildren. Trudy is preceded in death by her husband Jerry who died on April 27, 2012. She is also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Thomas G. Irsik; a sister Kathleen Wayman; and 2 Grandsons Sean Strong and Benjamin Gaines.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City with Eddie Labrier officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and from 9:00 a.mt. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday all at Garnand Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials given to the Trudy Strong Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. The family will be gathering at 11th and Jones Ave. following the graveside service for a reception. If you are able to bring a covered dish, please contact Laurie Fry and 620-277-6586.