Gertrude (Schoepke) Maluchnik

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Gertrude Loretta (Schoepke) Maluchnik

1913 - 2014

Gertrude Loretta (nee: Schoepke) Maluchnik, 100, passed away peacefully at Manor Care Center in Kenosha on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Gertrude was born in Illinois on Jan. 30, 1913, to the late Charles and Clara (nee: Cox) Schoepke. During World War II, Trudy worked for the J.I. Case Company in Racine and Vincent McCall in Kenosha, where she was a line leader before retiring in the late 1950s. Later in her retirement, she and her husband retired to Crivitz, Wis., to enjoy the north woods in which they loved, returning to Kenosha in 1999.

With a tremendous appreciation for wildlife, Trudy enjoyed caring for her pets and her backyard friends especially the pheasants and turkeys. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, a good game of Yahtzee and watching old classic movies. Above all, she loved and cherished being in the surroundings of her entire family.

Surviving are her son, Ralph (Shirley) Mandernack; daughter-in-law, Ethel Mandernack, all of Kenosha; grandchildren, Brett (Carole), Scott (Marilyn), Kevin (Kumi) and Lance Mandernack; Shelley (Ed) Meyer, Gary (Angela) Mandernack and JoAnn (Mark) LaMothe; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, John Maluchnick; former husband, Arthur Mandernack; son, Gordon Mandernack; brothers, Ray (Marge) and Charles (Leona) Schoepke; and sister, Irma (Cleo) Varvil.

Funeral services will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kathy Gloff officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Somers. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 10 11 a.m. In memory of Trudy, memorials to Safe Harbor Humane Society in Kenosha have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the wonderful staff at Manor Care for the compassionate care and support extended to our Mother in her time of need. May God bless all of you!

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory

4600 County Line Rd.

(corner of KR & 22nd Avenue)

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Published online at on Jan. 5, 2014