Gertrude 'Trudy' Vinglas

Date of Death: 6/9/2019

Gertrude M. ‘Trudy’ Vinglas

Nov. 19, 1944 - June 9, 2019

Gertrude M. “Trudy” Vinglas, 74, Sinking Valley, passed away Sunday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, 13 days after being diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Ellis “Squink” and Gertrude “June” (Morris) Riley. She married Anthony M. Vinglas on June 1, 1963 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband, Anthony; a daughter, Christine (Ken) Watt, Altoona; two sons:  Richard (Shannon) Vinglas, and Jason Vinglas all of Sinking Valley; 5 grandchildren:  Toni Watt, Phillip (Megan) Watt, Nikki Watt, Kori Vinglas, Mason Vinglas; a great grandson on the way; and brother, Paul “Butch” Riley, Oxnard, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Anthony Michael “Mikey” and a brother, Gary Riley.

Trudy was a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and Pronto’s Beauty School. Trudy was a hairdresser for 50 years. She was proud to have begun her career as the only area hairdresser to own her own shop at the age of 19 and eventually retired from “Trudy and Sandy’s Beauty Salon.” Trudy loved doing hair and talking to people and would always remember your name. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona.

She enjoyed taking care of her family, taking in stray cats, playing slots on her tablet, watching “Judge Judy,” fishing, crocheting, listening to Elvis and flea marketing. Trudy sold at flea markets and would always get to know you and give you a good deal or just give you the item you wanted for free. She loved helping people that way.  

Her husband, Anthony, was her whole world. Celebrating 56 years together, she loved him with all her heart. She was always by his side at the hospital, warning the nurses that she was the general in charge and that nothing was to be given to him without her permission.

She loved her kids with all her heart and would do anything for them. Her grandchildren were also very precious to her and you better not ever do anything that might put them in harm’s way because she would be that “Grandma Bear” who would hunt you down. 

Trudy always put everyone before herself.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, Father Lubomir Strecok, celebrant. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

The family requests that with her passion for animals, memorial contributions be made in Trudy’s memory to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602


Trudy by Fred & Glory(Kramer)Kirk
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