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Gertrude "Trudy" Cutler

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Gertrude "Trudy" Cutler Obituary
Gertrude "Trudy" Poor Cutler died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 with her two daughters at her side. She was 94. Trudy, daughter of the late Harriett Bowes and Frederick E. Poor, was born in Port Chester, N.Y. on August 24, 1917. When she was three, her family moved to Darien, Conn. Trudy graduated from Darien High School in 1935, where she excelled in sports and drama. She had a trained classical voice, frequently singing at church or at operettas, sometimes in Italian. Trudy spent every summer of her life in her grandfather's house on Pleasant Bay in South Orleans, and in 1958, several years after she was widowed at the age 36, she moved to Cape Cod as a full-time resident. Having settled in West Harwich, Trudy quickly became involved in the local arts community, volunteering with the Harwich Junior Theatre and the Highlanders, a community musical theater group. She particularly enjoyed playing the lead roles in The Music Man, Hello, Dolly! and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. For years, she sang in the Chatham Chorale. Trudy was involved in Christian Education at several churches over the decades. For 23 years, she served on the board of directors of the Harwich Historical Society, with nine years as president. Trudy is survived by her daughters Alice Cutler of South Orleans and Sally-Jean Macort and her partner, Peter Wells of Brewster; grandchildren Christopher (Cathrine) Macort, Brian (Karen) Macort, and Timothy (Sarah) Macort; great-grandchildren Chloe, Emma, Charles, Maxwell and Toby. She was predeceased by a daughter, Harriett Bowes Gardiner. Visiting hours will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, on Wednesday, June 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Monument Road, Orleans, Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in West Kill Community Cemetery, West Kill, N.Y. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, or the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Brewster Branch.

Published in The Cape Codder from June 17 to June 24, 2012
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