Gertrude A. Dennis “Trudy”

Gertrude A. Dennis “Trudy”, 82 a lifelong Wilmington resident passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Trudy was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Mary Jane (Miller) and Paul Crumlish, Sr.  She was raised on the West side of the city where she was a longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and then lived at North Van Buren Street where she was a member of Christ Our King Parish. She worked as a dietician for over 18 years at the Little Sisters, Jeanne Jugan Residence.  Trudy was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, a past president of the Knights of Columbus, Christopher Council Ladies Auxiliary and she enjoyed baking and crocheting. In addition to her parents, Trudy was predeceased by her brother, Paul Crumlish, Jr. and her husband, Frank R. Dennis in 2000.

Trudy is survived by her sons and their wives, Frank P. and Diana of Nixa, MO, Brian R. and Annette of Claymont, Richard J. of Montana, John W. of West Virginia and Christopher M. (Cathy) of Wilmington; her seven grandchildren, Monica, Angelica, Brian, Molly, Eric, Seth, and Amanda; her great grandson, Gabe; her sister Catherine Weber of Grand Rapids, MI. Trudy is also survived by her extended family at Little Sisters of the Poor, especially her close friends Dickie and Betty Grier and her dog, Clancy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11 AM at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713, where friends may call after 9:30 AM.  Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Little Sisters at the address above.


Submitted by James & Debbie Ford on
Brian, Debbie and I and the Ford Family are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You and your Family are in our Thoughts and prayers. It was a HONOR & PRIVILEGE to have KNOWN your Mother & Father. I shall NEVER FORGET THEM my FRIEND.

Submitted by Anna Panco on
Trudy & I met years ago through Knights of Columbus Christopher Council where our husbands were members. We quickly became good friends in fact, more like family. Trudy loved her family & was a wonderful mother & wife. We spent many nights just chatting & sharing stories. Her favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day. She had old Irish records playing on the turntable & would be dancing around to it. These are my best memories of Trudy & they will let me feel comfort at this time. Trudy...please give Butch a hug from me & tell him I love him & am thankful to him for guiding me from above.

Submitted by John Dennis on
Thank you Anna i loved what you wrote i loved that you remember the good times. That's the best thing to do and i will never forget those days.

Submitted by Kevin Crumlish on
Sorry to hear cousin Trudy passed. I'm sure your aware she spent some of her youth living with my Grandparents, John and Anna Crumlish at 235 N. Rodney St.. She was known as Sissy to my Grandparents, and to her first cousins; my Dad John Jr., and his brothers Edward and James. Although I did not see much of her, I knew her as a very nice and warm person. I am very sorry. May she rest in peace.

Submitted by The Smiths on
We wanted to share our condolences with Gertrude’s family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Ana Williams on
My condolences to the family of Gertrude Dennis . Coping with the loss of a love one is never easy. May you find comfort in knowing that Almighty God Jehovah promised to remove death forever and he will very soon. There will be a Earthly Resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Isaiah 25:8 Acts 24:15

Submitted by Jennifer Kendrick on
Please accept my condolences for the loss of Trudy. God's word promises there will come a time on earth when there will be no pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises provide comfort in this time of sadness.