ULRICH, Gertrud (Trudy)

February 28, 1934 – August 25, 2020

Gertrud (Trudy) Ulrich was born in Toggenburg, Switzerland February 28, 1934 to Gertrud Kunz and Ernst Frei. Trudy met Jürg (George) Ulrich in 1958 and were married in 1960. She was a devoted wife to Jürg (George) Ulrich for 60 years. Her life was dedicated to her husband, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren who she built her life around. She was also involved and active in her church and a friend to many others.

Trudy passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years on August 25, 2020.  She is survived by her husband Jürg (George) Ulrich, son Martin Ulrich (Wendy), grandchildren Joel Ulrich (Jessica), great grandchildren, Madison, Ava, Presley and Hudson, and Hannah Wollin (Robert), son Bernhard Ulrich (Val), grandchildren Stephanie Martin (Scott), Andrew Ulrich, Miranda Cooper (Nic) great grandchildren Ellie, Leopold and Levi, and Elarah McConnell, son Stefan Ulrich (Carma), grandchildren Carlina Ulrich and Amy Ulrich. She is survived by her siblings Ernst Frei (Emma), sister Ruth Oettel (Berndt) and sister Esther Bösch (Ueli) as well as many other relatives and friends in both Switzerland and Canada.

Trudy was gifted in areas of bread baking, knitting and other handwork. Her “zopf” (braided bread) was an anticipated treat at every family gathering. She enjoyed making children’s quiet books for years. Those creations reflected the things that she valued and appreciated most about life including nature, animals and simplicity.

Trudy was devoted in her faith and prayed for as many as 250 people daily from memory including family members, friends from her church and from the community. It was her wish that all come to know Christ as their personal Savior and live life honoring to the Lord.

Trudy will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

A private service will be held Monday, August 31, 2020 by invitation only.

Please see here the Live Stream of the Celebration of Life Ceremony for Trudy Ulrich, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm Monday the 31st of August:

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  1. On 28/08/2020 at 10:50 am Philip Leeman Family Said:

    Dear Tante Trudy Family,

    I was sad to learn this week of Tante Trudy’s passing. On behalf of my family, I send sincere condolences and best wishes to all my Ulrich “cousins” and their families who are, without a doubt, missing their much loved mom, gramma, and great gramma. Uncle Jurg, I am especially sorry for your loss.

    I remember Tante Trudy from the many get-togethers hosted by the Claresholm Swiss over my childhood years. She was always kind, fun to talk to, and genuinely interested in whatever I had on the go at the time. I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t smiling and laughing. I last saw Tante Trudy in 2013 and she was as warm and kind as I remember. Her life can truly be celebrated and respected.

    Love from Philip, Raine, and Jack Leeman
    Cobble Hill, BC

  2. On 29/08/2020 at 10:57 am Lynn Dove Said:

    My husband, Charles and I are saddened and heartbroken to hear of the passing of Trudy. She was a prayer warrior and I know she prayed daily for me during my cancer battle last year. She had a keen interest in our family, and always asked about each of my adult children, their spouses and my grandchildren. She made my children one of those beautiful quiet books which we cherish!

    We will miss her greeting us at church, her smile, her caring spirit, and servant’s heart. We rejoice she is safe in the arms of Jesus!

    Praying for the Ulrich family at this time!

    Lynn and Charles Dove

  3. On 29/08/2020 at 1:01 pm Moneen Wuthrich Said:

    Our deepest condolences to George and family. We are heartbroken to hear of Trudy’s passing. While we know she was ready to go home, we were not ready to lose her.

    The first time I taught Sunday School at BVBC, Trudy was my assistant. She didn’t want to teach but loved being with the children. She was a peaceful, quiet presence in our Grade 2 classroom (which was not quiet). The kids we had over those two years together absolutely loved Ms. Trudy.

    Tim often enjoyed speaking Swiss with Trudy and George and through their conversations he discovered that Trudy and George knew his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Otto in Fort St. John. Tim very much enjoyed their conversations and their gentle demeaner reminded him so much of his family back home.

    Over the years, Trudy never failed to ask about Tim or myself and our children. Despite what was going on around her with their health, she was always a positive presence. A dedicated prayer warrior, a light in a dark tunnel.

    We will miss her beautiful face, gentle voice, and quiet spirit.

    Praying for the Ulrich family.

    Moneen, Tim, Alisha, Lynay, and Josh Wuthrich

  4. On 30/08/2020 at 8:43 am Kathy seidler Said:

    So very sorry to hear of Trudy’s passing but comforted to know that she is with the Lord she loved so much. Her smile and quiet demeanour was such a blessing to everyone she met. Praying for George and her family as they miss her presence in their lives. Well done, good and faithful servant.

  5. On 30/08/2020 at 2:31 pm Wanda Weston and Family Said:

    We are sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful Godly woman. Praying for your family. God Bless,
    The Westons

  6. On 25/11/2020 at 11:53 am Betty &ErnieTrosch Said:

    Here it is November 2020 and we just learned, quite by accident, of Trudy’s passing back in August. What a shock!
    Since we are now living in Calgary our contact with our friends in Cochrane has not been as often. But we fondly remember her cooking, the many trips to Calgary for doctor’s visits, trips to various Swiss Club functions, our weekly walks on the indoor track at the Spray Lake Sports Complex, or simply a small outing to enjoy nature. It is with great sadness that we offer our belated sincere condolences to George and family. We will treasure these memories for ever.
    Betty & Ernie Trosch.