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TREMONT - Edith Marie "Edie" Trumpold, 90, of Tremont, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 9:08 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at her residence.

Born March 4, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Arthur and Edith Frank Stumpf, Edie married Fred E. Trumpold on Nov. 22, 1944, in Norfolk, Va. He preceded Edith in death on June 17, 2008, in Tremont.

Also preceding her in death were one granddaughter, Grace M. Thompson; and one brother, Larry Stumpf.

Surviving are one son, Mark E. (Cyndi) Trumpold of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Mary E. Barker of Tucson, Ariz., and Martha A. (Glen) Thompson of Tremont; and four grandchildren, Fred Thompson, Elizabeth and Zachary Barker and Jerry W. Gould.

Edie and Fred made their home with their daughter, Marty, and her family, in Tremont. They enjoyed their family, especially being with their grandson, Fred, and granddaughter, Grace, everyday.

Edie graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City in 1940. At the age of 16, she attended Park College in Parkville, Mo. She graduated from the Midland Radio-Aeronautics School and was licensed by the government as a communications and radio operator. Before the airlines used computers and cockpit recorders, the radio operator was the vital connection between the pilot and ground. Only a few females were trained for this position during World War II. She was involved in many exciting wartime experiences, blackouts and coded messages. Her call sign was "E.D." and she was proud to be called Speedy E.D. by the pilots, because she could handle their calls and problems quickly. She was employed by the Pennsylvania Central Airline in Detroit and Norfolk, from 1941 to 1945, and was later employed by Ozark Air Lines, in Peoria, retiring from the Central Reservation Office on April 1, 1985.

She was an avid traveler, having traveled to 108 different countries and became a member of the Travelers Century Club. She was always ready to go and her car displayed a bumper sticker that said she would rather be flying. She and Fred enjoyed traveling on their own and meeting the local people in small towns. They have made many close friends in many countries and still correspond with them. Edie enjoyed sewing for her daughters and grandchildren and made many things for the Navajos at the Flagstaff Mission.

She was a member of the Ozark Retiree Association, PCA Retiree Association and TWA Retiree Association. She attended Tremont Baptist Church, and was a member of the Tremont Baptist Women, and was an active member of Calvary Bible Church when she lived in Peoria.

Cremation rites will be accorded, with memorial services at a later date. Inurnment of ashes will be at Parkview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for the purchase of large print books so that others with limited vision may enjoy the pleasure of reading to the Tremont District Library, 215 S. Sampson St., Tremont, IL 61568.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014
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