Gertrude DeBow

Gertrude “Trudy” A. DeBow, 93, died March 28, 2020 at Mills Manor in New York Mills. 

Private family interment will take place in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. 

Trudy was born in Verdon, SD on April 10, 1926 to August and Anna (Milbradt) Erdmann. She was the youngest of 10 and taught herself to play the piano at a very young age. Following high school graduation, Trudy attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1947. 

Trudy married George W. DeBow on August 24, 1947 in Verdon, SD. She continued her education at Black Hills State College, where she obtained her degree in education. Trudy taught at Lead High School in Lead, SD. She was passionate about teaching English, especially fantasy and German. Trudy was a loving, but tough teacher who did not tolerate plagiarism. Trudy walked proudly in her Lutheran faith and enjoyed singing traditional hymns. She enjoyed sewing, reading anything she could get her hands on and cooking. Trudy was loving, hardworking and had a delightful sense of humor; above all else she  loved unconditionally. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Trudy is survived by five children, Marc (Holly) DeBow, Matthew (Janet) DeBow, Nina (Chuck) Darrington, Kathy (Doug) Gillard, Camelia Johnson; daughter-in-law, Mary DeBow; sister, Betty Newell; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; son, Michael DeBow; niece, Jesse Combs; three brothers and five sisters.

Arrangements are by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.

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