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Gertrude Janette Eshlemann

January 26, 1918 December 31, 2008
Gertrude Janette Eshlemann
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Worthington, MN
     Gertrude “Trudy” Janette (Halfmann) Eshleman was born January 26, 1918 near Brewster, MN, the youngest child of Herman and Gertude (Krukemeyer) Halfmann.
     After the death of her father the family moved to Worthington, Trudy was age 10.  In her early teens she was an active member in the Degree of Honor Protective Association.  Trudy graduated in 1935 from Worthington High School where she lettered in Speech.  She was the recipient of a scholarship to Northwestern College of Speech Arts in Minneapolis, MN.  Economic conditions during the Depression prevented her attendance.  As a young adult Trudy designed costumes and participated in the performances of the Musical Masquers.  On July 14, 1941 she married Wilfrid Eshleman at St. Mary’s Church in Worthington, MN.  Together they raised five children, Greg, Ron, Brian, Monica and Armand.  She was an involved member of St. Mary’s parish teaching sewing and Catechism, participating in Women’s Guild activities, an inspiration in her Bible study groups, and designing over 100 quilt tops for her sewing group.  For 10 years following her retirement Trudy volunteered with the Worthington Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
     During her nearly 91 years she worked at Habicht’s Department Store as head cashier, as a business manager for Eshleman Construction Co., as an accomplished seamstress in her own sewing business, as a clerk in Nobles Co. Register of Deeds Department, and for nearly 25 years at Worthington Specialty Clinic.  She retired just before her 80th birthday.
     Trudy is survived by her children, Ron (Mary) Eshleman of Stillwater, MN and their children, Douglas of Minneapolis, MN and Daniel of St. Joseph, MI; Brian (Donna) Eshleman of New Prague, MN; Monica (Andy) Johnson of Clintonville, WI and their children, Nathan (Leslie) of Dallas, TX, Megan (Nathaniel) King of Seymour, WI and their children, Carter, Isabella and Gabriella, and Zachary of Minneapolis, MN; Armand (Mary) Eshleman of Worthington, MN and their children, Scott of Eagle Lake, MN and Steve of Worthington, MN; daughter-in-law, Sheila (and the late Greg) Eshleman of Worthington, MN and their children, Tony (Laura) of St. Cloud, MN and Jan (John) Zimmer of Fridley, MN and their children, Cassidy, Derek, Caeley, Mark and Caitlyn.
     She is preceded in death by her husband in 1974; her son, Greg in 2007; her parents, and her siblings, Louise, Mary, Josephine, Joseph, George and Antonia.
     Following a brief illness, Trudy passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Sunset Cottage in Worthington surrounded by her loved ones.  Her kind, gentle and determined spirit is remembered by all who love her.
     Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, with Father Larry Brixius officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 2, 2009, from 5-8 at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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