Gertrude “Trudie” (Foote) Riordan, 90, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed from this life to the next on July 22, 2018.
Trudie is survived by her sisters Mary Jane Couture, Alice Cloonan, and Patricia Davis; her children Neil, Jr. (Kristan), Mary Jane Williams (James), Mark (Holly), Elizabeth (John) Wilson, Eileen (Neil) Whitcombe, Kathleen (Steven) Dickey, Gregory (Christine), Michael (Linda), and Kevin (Laura); her grandchildren Brian (Amy) Riordan, Cristin Williams, Caitlin (Chad) Graff, Gavin (Chenelle) Riordan, Bridget Dickey, Mary Kate Dickey, Erin (Jacob) Loverher, Daniel Wilson, Hayley O’Reilly, Matthew Dickey, Maura Riordan, Sara (Michael) Polito, Michael Riordan, Brendan Riordan, Sean Riordan, Daniel Riordan, Connor Whitcombe, and Colleen Dickey; her great-grandchildren Dyllin Wood and Leola Graff; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Trudie is preceded in death by her husband and soulmate Neil “Bud” Riordan, her parents Peter and Gertrude (Quinn) Foote, her brothers Peter, John "Jack", Gregory, Bernard “Barney”, and Michael, sisters Marie, Irene (Jones), Laura (Sister Mary Maud, O.S.B.), and Frances, and great-grandson Thomas Teal.
Born in Chicago, IL, Trudie is a graduate of Mercy High School, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Xavier College, and was awarded a scholarship to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she pursued graduate studies in theater and music.
Trudie found in her gift of voice a deeply meaningful outlet for the expression of her profound faith and over the years was a devoted member of numerous parish choirs including Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Darien, IL; St. John Vianney, St. Pete Beach, FL; and the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg, FL. She was also a member of the St. Petersburg College Chorus.
Admired for her indomitable spirit, strength, grace and dignity, Trudie was a role model as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, colleague and friend.
A Mass is being celebrated on Saturday, July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, FL. Internment immediately following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the National Centre for Padre Pio, P.O. Box 206, Barto, PA 19504 or www.padrepio.org.