Gertrude “Trudy” Willamina Presbroten, age 94 of rural Hollandale, died on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at her home. She was born on April 11, 1925 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to Herman and Hulda (Beguhl) Schulz. She grew up on her family’s farm in rural Lake Geneva. She attended rural school, and then graduated from high school in Lake Geneva. As a young woman she moved to Monroe with her sister Margaret, where they worked at the hospital. While living there she enjoyed going to dances and met Gilbert Presbroten who was an accordion player for the Rhythm Ramblers polka band. They were married on May 21, 1948 in Lake Geneva. They purchased the family farm and bought the Gulhaug farm in 1963. They continued farming with their family through the years. Trudy was a member of the York Memorial Lutheran Church and the Women of the ELCA. She was also a charter member with her husband Gilbert, of the Sons of Norway, Vennelag 513 in Mount Horeb. She and Gilbert traveled to Norway twice. In addition to traveling around with Gilbert for him to play accordion, piano, and organ for different music groups, Trudy and Gilbert also loved going out dancing. She loved sewing, knitting, reading, crossword puzzles and gardening.
Trudy is survived by her three children, Duane and Dennis Presbroten, both of rural Hollandale; Beverly (Dan) Schutte of Monroe; three step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gilbert who died on February 19, 2006; a beloved granddaughter, Bobbie Jo Presbroten, who died on November 14, 2009; one brother, Harold Schulz; and five sisters, Margaret Smith, Dorothy Gerberding, Betty Pretzman, Luella Baumgart, and Henrietta Baumgart.
A visitation for Trudy will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the York Memorial Lutheran Church in rural Blanchardville, at the intersection of highways 78 & 39. A funeral service will follow at the church. Rev. Gilbert Splett will officiate. Burial will be in the York Memorial Cemetery. The Saether Funeral Service in Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralservice.com.
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