Gertrude M. ‘Trudi’ Ward

Gertrude M. “Trudi” Ward, 78, of Tiffin, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Elmwood at the Shawhan, Tiffin.

Trudi was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Czervinka, Yugoslavia, to Karl Sr. and Margaret (Goettel) Hassmann. She married Wayne “Zeke” Ward Dec. 18, 1965, in Mansfield, and he survives in Tiffin.

Survivors also include her two daughters, Traci (Jared) LaMendola of Glenville, Pennsylvania and Tricia (Daryl Jr.) Baldosser of Beavercreek; two grandchildren, Avery and Emme Baldosser; a brother, Karl Hassmann Jr. of Mansfield; a sister, Anni Greenfelder of Lexington; and her cat, “Pepper”.

Trudi worked as a registered nurse and was a member of St. Jacob’s United Church of Christ. She enjoyed visiting Lake Erie, country music, camping, the Smokey Mountains, her pets, spending time with her family, and most of all, her grandchildren. Trudi was a 1961 graduate of Lexington High School and a 1965 graduate of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing. She later received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Allied Health from Heidelberg, then earned her Master’s in Counseling also from Heidelberg.

Trudi was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Trent Ward.

There will be a private family graveside service for Trudi at St. Jacob’s cemetery with the Rev. Darla Metz officiating. There will be a celebration of Trudi’s life at a later date. Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory, Tiffin, is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seneca County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.