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Gertrude "Trudy" M Petrucelli

January 4, 1934 - June 25, 2020

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother


Service Date: July 11, 2020

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Obituaries » Gertrude "Trudy" M Petrucelli

Gertrude “Trudy” Marie Petrucelli, our loving and beautiful Mother, was called Home to Heaven at 86 years of age on June 25, 2020.

Trudy, daughter of William and Gertrude Lauter, was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 4, 1934. She went to St. Mary’s School and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark, NJ. When just a young girl, she met her future husband, Michael A. Petrucelli, who lived in a nearby neighborhood. They were married on June 3, 1950 and raised three children, Gertrude Michele Jacobs (Daniel), Ranelle Groth (John) and Michael Petrucelli, Jr.

Trudy was known for her warm, friendly hospitality and filled her home with lovely antiques and the delicious smells of home-cooked meals. She was a part of the Antique Club in Far Hills and the Madison Historical Society. She enjoyed American History and was proud of her Dutch, English and Irish heritage. Her appreciation for beautiful homes led her to become a Realtor for a short while. Additionally, she was proud to be elected to the office of Somerset County Republican Committeewoman.

When she and Mike moved to California, she had the opportunity to be co-owner of the Merry-Go-Round Consignment Shop, antique shops as well as the Vacuums Plus Stores where she had added a cheerful spark to many customers’ days. Her delightful personality, fiery spirit and sense of humor added to the memorable impact she had on family, friends and strangers alike.

While in Delaware she touched many lives with her positive attitude and was known at Paramount Senior Living as “Trudy Patooty.” Tears came to the eyes of many who had known her there when they heard of her passing. They will miss her cheerful “hokie dokie” and her words of encouragement to the staff and residents.

She will be missed by her five grandchildren and five great grandchildren – Alexander Taghavian (spouse Heidi and grandsons Luke, Dean and Will); Roxanne Taghavian; Erin (Groth) Adams (spouse Bryan and great granddaughters Jane and Tessa); John Groth (spouse Meghan) and Shannon Groth.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am by the Garden Mausoleum at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ and officiated by Rev. John Groth. Arrangements are under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home. Due to Covid restrictions, masks and social distancing are required. Donations may be made to Trudy’s favorite charity, the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA (