Gertrude Nechkash
1939 - 2020
February 2, 1939
December 29, 2020

Nechkash, Gertrude E. "Trudy" (Dickey)

MADISON-MONTFORT - It is with great sadness that the family of Gertrude E. "Trudy" (Dickey) Nechkash, 81, of Madison, Wis., announces her passing on Dec. 29, 2020, at UW Hospital. Trudy was born on Feb. 2, 1939, to Richard and Vera (Livens) Dickey in Lancaster, Wis. She married her sweetheart and love of her life, LaVern "Toby" Nechkash, on Sept. 27, 1958, at St. Thomas Parish in Montfort, Wis. Trudy and Toby were often seen holding hands, and their love for each other was admired by many. It was rare to see one without the other. They lived in various areas of the City of Madison until they moved to their current home of the past 52 years. Trudy was employed by Woolworths in her younger years. While raising their children, she did home childcare, caring for them as her own. Then after working 26 years as an expediter at Madison Newspaper, she retired.

Trudy and Toby enjoyed traveling together across all 50 United States and Canada, visiting family, friends, and attending many country music events; meeting Roy Rogers was one of the highlights of her life! They were marvelous dancers and enjoyed going to dances whenever given the opportunity.

Trudy will be missed by their beloved dog, Misty. Over the years they raised many farm animals and planted vegetables which they canned and preserved. She enjoyed and took great pride in her flower gardens. Trudy was a passionate birdwatcher and knew the songs of many.

Trudy was an excellent cook and baker and enjoyed making pies, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and candies. Her beautifully decorated cakes that she made for special occasions will be greatly missed. She enjoyed solving the daily word jumble in the newspaper, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and was always ready for a game of scrabble.

Trudy was an avid seamstress, sewing beautiful embroidered quilts for grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Josh Turner's children and a large cardinal embroidery-block for herself. She sewed baby bibs, crocheted kitchen towel toppers and afghans, and gave them for gifts and fundraisers and altered her daughters' wedding dresses.

Trudy never minded when a holiday was celebrated, "as long as everyone in the family could get together!" She took on the role of communicator and kept family, classmates, and siblings apprised of news and events.

Trudy will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 62 years; their five children, Karla (Rod) Hellenbrand of Verona, Toby Nechkash (Zoe Kooistra) of Madison, Todd Nechkash of Ridgeway, Brenda (Kevin) Bohan of Mineral Point and Beth (Mike) Beutler of New Glarus; grandchildren, Zachary, Austin (Anna Modica), and Ciarah (Ryan Weiss) Hellenbrand, Stephanie Yost, Todd II Nechkash, Colin, Casey, and Emily Bohan, Tyler and Travis Beutler, and Ashley (Marty) Schumacher; and great-grandchildren, Jordan and Mia Schumacher.

Trudy is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Thompson and Lynda (Stan) Cutler, and will be missed by many nieces and nephews, and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harold, Vernon, Don, and Buryl Dickey; brothers-in-law, Paul Thompson and Jerry Lengyel; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Joan Dickey; and nephews, Lavern, Michael, Donald, Robbin, Doug, and Jerry II.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at ST. THOMAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 104 E. Park St., Montfort, WI, with Father Jim Murphy presiding. A visitation will take place from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass. A livestream of the Mass will be available for those unable to attend. A Celebration of Trudy's life will be held in Verona at a later date. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Verona Chapel

220 Enterprise Drive

(608) 945-6625

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Published by from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, 2021.
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104 E. Park St., Montfort, Wisconsin
Mass of Christian Burial
104 E. Park St., Montfort, Wisconsin
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Thinking of all of you. RIP Aunt Trudy.
Steve & Nancy Willauer
January 8, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Trudie's passing. Due to Covid I will be unable to attend but you are all in my thoughts. My sympathy to Toby and the entire family.\
Shirley Baxter
January 7, 2021
Aunt Trudy and I didn't see each other much in the last few years, but we talked on the phone more once they got their new cell phones. I'm a nut who saves her Christmas cards and Trudy and I exchanged letters each year. I have about 15 to 20 yrs worth of notes and letters in her handwriting...something to cherish now. I'll miss that so much. You kids were so lucky to have her for a mother.
Jacqueline Nechkash
January 7, 2021
She did so much for so many. Her loss is profound. May God bless Toby and their immediate and extended families. RIP Trudy.
Sandra Hall Dempsey
January 6, 2021
Trudy was one of kindest and most soft spoken lady´s I knew always there with a listening ear, I have great memories of her & Toby when they lived in the neighborhood (Skunk Hollow), would always see them at special events and the memories would fly when talking to them.
Cathi Adams Fischer
January 6, 2021
Katherine McMahon
January 4, 2021
My most deepest sympathy to Lavern and family, with the loss of Gertrude. May you receive comfort and peace from the memories you have of her.
Melvin (Buddy) Davis
January 3, 2021