• "So sorry to hear of Trudy's passing. Several of us remember..."
  • "Dear dear Trudy, your presence at our morning predawn walks..."
    - David Carlson
  • "Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years,..."
  • "You and your smile will be missed at First Lutheran. Rest..."
    - Theresa Estok
  • "Trudy--I soooooooooooooooo enjoyed our time together in the..."
    - Janis Slean

Trudy Jean (Thomsen) Kucharek was born on January 24, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On September 13, 2018, while at the E.T. York Care Center at Haven Hospice, she died after valiantly fighting cancer since 2015. Because of her love of God without boundaries and because she was a true Servant for Jesus Christ, she was rewarded a full life with family and friends and a trip to Heaven.
She and her brother Tom are the children of William Thomsen who grew up near Belgrade, MN and Marie Hanson who grew up in Little Falls, MN. Trudy graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, MN in 1959 and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree (major, Education) in 1963. As a youngster in Minnesota, Trudy was active in many activities including sports (high jumper, swimmer), Campfire Girls, camping, fishing, hunting, and many activities at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minnesota.
In 1963, she married Thomas Kucharek in Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. She and Tom lived in St. Paul where she was an elementary school teacher. Then, they lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma from 1965-1968 where their first child, Christine, was born. After returning to St. Paul, while Tom continued his graduate program, their second child Kari was born. In 1970, she and Tom moved to Gainesville, Florida when Tom joined the faculty within IFAS at the University of Florida. Their third child, Richard, was born in Florida.
In Florida, after concentrating on raising her children for many years, she drove a school bus and then taught at Prairie View Elementary School. In retirement, Trudy was an active member of the Alachua County Retired Teachers Association. Trudy loved children. She loved to travel and was able to visit all 50 states, much of Canada, and many other countries. She camped and hiked extensively while raising her family. Her love of hiking evolved to hiking as much as 3 miles a day to start the day after retirement up to just a few weeks before she died. She enjoyed and was proficient at card games such as bridge and cribbage. She enjoyed watching sports especially the Lady Gator's volleyball team. Her wardrobe of Orange and Blue is extensive.
Trudy loved to cook and interact with people especially expending quality time with her family. Her skills at cooking included quality preparation and ever searching for new recipes. She was skilled at canning vegetables which she did with home grown vegetables for 46 years. She loved to prepare food for family, friends, visitors, and church activities. Her family credits her with making the best pies (e.g.: pecan, apple, blueberry).
Trudy and her family were active members of First Lutheran Church of Gainesville since 1972. She mentored and encouraged the family to 'go to church' and be guided by God's teaching. This leadership and being a servant for Christ was extended by her to others beyond the family. Her overall optimism, famous smile, and soft approach toward people, coupled with her dedication to living within God's Commandments made her Trudy.
Trudy is survived by her brother Tom Thomsen (Apple Valley, MN) her husband, Tom (55 years of marriage), and their children, Christine (Phoenix, Arizona), Kari Ann (Scottsdale, Arizona), Richard (Gainesville), and two grandchildren, Eliza and Isaac Quah (Phoenix, Arizona).
The family suggests that remembrances and memorials for Trudy be of one's choice but given to organizations preserving Christian values and human health.
A Remembrance Service for Trudy is planned for October 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM at First Lutheran Church of Gainesville at 1801 NW 5th Ave.
Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8, 2018