Gertrude Ellen Donaldson Barnhill

Gertrude Ellen
Donaldson Barnhill
Gertrude Ellen Gordon Wolfe Donaldson Barnhill, 90, of Tempe, AZ, passed away on March 21, 2007. Born in North Georgetown, OH on July 14, 1916, she was the 5th of six children of Elmer and Sarah (Niederheiser) Gordon, adopted by Ernest and Marie Wolfe at age five. She spent her teenage years in Canton with Merlin and Sarah Schneider and their children, Richard, Donald, and Marla and was a graduate of McKinley HS. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ray, Ralph and Carl Gordon; sisters, Edna and Norma (Gordon) Niuman; brother, Dean Wolfe and sister, Jeanette (Wolfe) McCoy; her first husband, Richard Donaldson of New Franklin, OH; second husband, Charles Barnhill of Canton, OH. "Trudy" was an excellent seamstress; Organist/Choir Dir. of St. John's Lutheran Church in New Franklin and head cook at New Franklin Elem. School; LPN graduate of the Timken Mercy School of Nursing, and a founding member of the Oschogi Club. Her retirement years were spent in Myrtle Beach, SC, and Tempe, AZ where she was an active community volunteer and sang in church choirs. She is survived by two daughters, Ellen (Glenn) Brown of Tempe, AZ and Kathleen (Arthur) Horstman of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Laura (Ron) Graybill, Amy Horstman, Aaron (Bonnie) Brown, and Matthew Brown; great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Cody; and other beloved family members. A memorial service was held Monday, March 26, 2007 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ. Visitation in Ohio will be held Sunday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Bartley Funeral Home in Minerva. Funeral services will be Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in New Franklin, with burial in New Franklin Cemetery; luncheon following at the church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in her honor. She was a blessing and inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Friends unable to attend may register online at our website:
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Bartley Funeral Home - Minerva
205 West Lincoln Way P.O. Box 255  Minerva, OH 44657
(330) 868-4114

Published in The Repository on Mar. 30, 2007