Delores “Laurie” Ardel Trutsch, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the age of 78 due to various complications.
She had the most amazing heart, filled with love and compassion that it is hard to believe it no longer beats here on this Earth.
At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by love and was with her best friend/ boyfriend/ husband of 59 years, her children, and grandchildren. She had an absolute and unwavering faith in God and knew when her suffering ended, she would be reunited in Heaven with those who had passed before her. As she even said, she was “going home”.
She didn’t graduate from college, but that never stopped her from doing anything she set her mind on. She managed a restaurant, opened a gift shop, worked as a teacher’s aide, and at the age when most people are thinking of retiring became a licensed realtor.
During her years working at Wayland Union Schools she assisted students with learning disabilities. For years, students whom she had taught would see her in public, or even stop by her house and thank her for the difference she had made in their lives.
She was a bundle of energy that was constantly on the move. You had to be careful where you sat because she loved to rearrange furniture. Not just in her house, but any house. She was a DIYer before the phrase was even a phrase. Give her 10 minutes and a sledgehammer and any house could have an open floor concept.
No garage sale was safe from her exceptional bargain hunting skills. Sometimes items you donated to Goodwill would find their way back to you because she’d see it and think you should have it, so she’d buy it as a gift for you. But she did have a knack for finding real treasure hidden in with the odds and ends.
Her passion for giving knew no limits. She was constantly donating her time, or her limited financial resources to help. Family, friends, strangers. Didn’t matter, she would give anything to anyone. She was the walking embodiment of faith, love and charity.
If you were one of her kids, grandkids or great grandkids, you could count on the phone ringing early on your birthday, so she could be the first to sing you Happy Birthday. She always added a little something special to the ending, because she wanted you to know that she saw you and loved you.
She was always quick to smile, and laugh, regardless of how she was truly feeling. And she wanted to make others feel better too.
When she was with her husband, her kids, her grandkids, and her great grand kids, she was at her best and her happiest. It was more than enough for her. Her heart was full. She was so proud of her family that she filled walls of every place she lived with family trees and homemade photo collages. She was warm, fun, charming, quirky and had a way of making you feel better just by being near her.
Ask anyone and they will tell you her greatest source of pride was her family. It didn’t matter if you knew her for 60 years or 60 minutes, it was obvious. In her last days she spent a good deal of time on an oxygen mask, and even short of breath she found opportunities to talk about them, how proud she was, and how much she loved them. Anytime a new nurse, or doctor would enter the room, they would say “Now, which of her kids are you? We have heard about you all, and all of the grandkids and great grandkids.” Then you would see her green eyes twinkle behind the mask.
At the end of it all, whatever she did or didn’t do in this life, she left a legacy, and she was proud of it. That legacy is her husband Edward Allen “Al” Trutsch, son Scott, daughter Karen Monterusso (Tom) daughter Susanne Boyd (Pete), daughter Heidi Wolf (Tom), grandkids/great grandkids Jodi (Joshua), Henry, Allen, Katelyn Johnson, Jacquelyn (Doug), Lincoln Wakley, Julie (Martin), Maci, Oscar, Rozalyn Gomez, Jonathon (Amie), Jack Schumaker, Holly (Jeremiah), Peter, Tessa, Cecilia Van der puyl , Noah Boyd, Margaret (Anthony), Danika Slavich, Sadie Boyd, Brian Wolf, Caroline Wolf. Rest well Mom, we love you more than life itself.
A service celebrating Laurie’s life will be held 11 am Friday, October 18, 2019 at First Congregational Church of Allegan, 323 Cutler St, Allegan, MI 49010 with Pastor Barry Lucas officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home, 312 Main St. Wayland, MI 49348 and Friday morning from 10-11 am at church. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at www.kubiakcook.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation Kitchen at First Congregational Church of Allegan.
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First Congregational Church - Congregation Kitchen
323 Cutler St., Allegan MI 49010