Peaceful 06

Trudy Kay (Statler) Gaerte

June 1, 1955 ~ June 30, 2021 (age 66)


Trudy Kay Gaerte, 66, of Albion, passed away on June 30, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

Born in Chambersburg, PA, on June 1, 1955, to the late Harold Statler and Violet (Pope) Hospelhorn. She moved to this area when she was seventeen and graduated from Central Noble High School.

Trudy was married to Daniel Gaerte in the Blue River Church, on October 27, 1973.

She was the Co/Owner and Operator of Gaerte Garage for 32 years. She also recently retired from Bosch Automotive.

Trudy was an active member of Charter Oak Community Church. When it came to her family, she was all in. It did not matter what you needed she was there. She never wanted to miss anything when it came to her grandkids. She also enjoyed baking. She would make custom cakes for anyone that asked.

Trudy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Daniel Gaerte; her two favorite sons, Todd Gaerte and Tony (Lara) Gaerte; her three favorite daughters, Stacy (Wes) Spiess, Shelly (Jesse) Rodriguez, and Kalyn (Jordan) Winebrenner; two brothers, Alan (Vickie) Statler and Bradley Statler; a sister, Susan Asbury; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Tristin Stocksdale.

Services will take place at Blue River Church of the Brethren on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service.
The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Burial taking place at Wolf Lake Cemetery.

Memorials to Charter Oak Community Church.

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Public Viewing
July 6, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home - Churubusco
206 North Main Street
Churubusco, IN 46723

Public Viewing
July 7, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 E 700 N
Columbia City, IN 46725

Funeral Service
July 7, 2021

10:00 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 E 700 N
Columbia City, IN 46725

Interment following funeral service
July 7, 2021

Wolf Lake Cemetery
CR 450 W
Wolf Lake, IN 46701


Charter Oak Community Church
4899 S 300 E-57, Churubusco IN 46723

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