Gertrude Wiley Ruehle 1956
Posted Jul 15, 2022
Gertrude Wiley Ruehle ’56 died April 5, 2022. Trudy was born to the late James Wiley and Grace Farrell Wiley ‘26 on October 17, 1935 in Shelby, Ohio and raised in Tiro. Trudy was a 1953 graduate of Tiro High School and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Otterbein University where she was involved in the Theta Nu (Greenwich) sorority.
Trudy was well known for attending every family event possible. From tennis matches and soccer games to graduations and weddings. Throughout her final years, Trudy enjoyed her winters in Cape Coral, Florida and would often visit Disney World in nearby Orlando with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Trudy enjoyed her involvement in her local church and women’s groups and was also a strong supporter of the Lykens Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept.
Trudy’s legacy will be carried forward by her adoring family, including her steadfast commitment to hard work, loyalty to her family, love of bright red cardinals, and magic in the kitchen, especially when making homemade chili, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies, and award-winning pies. Trudy loved to garden, as well, and grew cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, green beans, and sweet corn. She also loved crossword puzzles, novels, the color yellow, and butter pecan ice cream.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Miller and Kathleen Jenney ‘85; her grandchildren; Tiffany (Mike) Allard and their two children, Michael and Emma, Stacy (Jim) Webb and their two children, Madeline and Ethan, Adam Miller and girlfriend, Kristi Gillfillan, Sarah ‘10 (Mark) McClain, Chelsea ’13 (Jared) O’Leary and their son, Sullivan, Amy Jenney and fiancé Ben Driskell and daughters, Anslee, Mylah, and Rowan; brother, Harold Wiley; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wiley.
In addition to her parents, Trudy was preceded in death by husband Donald; brother, Roger Wiley ‘52; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Wiley; and her son-in-law, Steven Miller.