Gertrude Larmon

Obituary of Gertrude N Larmon

Gertrude "Trudy" Larmon, 89, of Wesley Chapel, FL, formerly of Venice, FL, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2024. She was born on October 22, 1934, in Chicago, IL. Trudy lived a life full of dignity, grace, intelligence, and kindness. Her presence was a gift to all who knew her, as her generosity, love, and unwavering spirit left an indelible mark on her friends and family.  Trudy always had a smile on her face, showing her strength and determination. No matter what challenges she faced, she never gave up and embraced life to the fullest. 


Trudy's spiritual and educational journey began at St. Salomea Catholic School, laying the foundation for a life of service and dedication. Her commitment to education and excellence continued at East Memphis and Calumet High Schools, where she was active in numerous clubs, graduating with honors and earning the esteemed title of valedictorian of her class. Her remarkable accomplishments garnered recognition from the local newspaper, endearingly dubbing her the "Brainy Beauty." 


Throughout her professional journey, Trudy exemplified integrity and unwavering dedication. Initially starting as a legal secretary at private law firms, she later assumed the role of executive secretary for a department head at Moraine Valley Community College, before ultimately serving as the executive secretary to the president of Little Company of Mary Hospital. Her career was characterized by diligence and a relentless pursuit of excellence, reflecting her profound respect for the responsibilities entrusted to her. 


Trudy pursued numerous interests and hobbies throughout her life. She dedicated many years to playing the piano, cherished dancing, especially the jitterbug, and found joy in boating and spending time on the water with loved ones. While raising her family, she remained actively engaged in parent and community organizations, serving as the vice-president of the Police Wives Association, and volunteering as an election worker. 


She retired early and made her new home in Venice, Florida. She immersed herself in community life, volunteering as a docent at Selby Gardens and offering mentorship to teens in her local parish. She dedicated her time to serving on the HOA board and played an integral role in planning, hosting, and participating in her neighborhood activities. Additionally, she found camaraderie and joy as a member of the Red Hat Club. Trudy loved to travel and enjoyed going on cruises with her neighbors and cherished the moments vacationing with family and friends. Mornings were often spent solving Jumble puzzles while sipping her morning coffee and admiring birds on the backyard feeder.  

Trudy is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Taylor; her son, Michael Horvath (Paula); her daughter, Susan Mancuso (Dennis); her grandchildren, Matthew Kulig, Trey Taylor, Jameson Taylor, Samantha Carlson (Casey), Peyton Horvath; and her great-grandchild, Sean Carlson. She is also survived by her stepdaughter, Cathy Maltrotto and family. Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Theodora Nowak; her brother, Chester (Gerri) Nowak; her son, Christopher Horvath; her former spouse, Ray Horvath; her spouse, Jack Larmon; and stepsons Eddie Larmon and Johnny Larmon. 

The family will gather privately to celebrate and remember Trudy’s life. They invite those who wish to honor her spirit of giving to make donations to the American Diabetes Association, a cause close to her heart. 


Trudy will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her positive spirit, loving nature, and zest for life will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends. Her spirit remains a guiding light, and her memory a sacred treasure to all who were graced by her presence. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord. 

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