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Madelyn "Lee" Trotter, age 91 years old, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017 at The Cottages of Carmel with her loving family at her bedside. Lee was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania on April 29th, 1926. Lee's parents, Dominic and Agatha Petruso, courageous immigrants from Palermo, Sicily, entered the United States through Ellis Island, New York in the early 1900's. As a child, Lee was intelligent, hardworking and loved spending time with her five sisters and her older brother. Being a child of the Depression Era, Lee began working at a young age until she retired at 88 years old. As she grew, Lee was a bright, beautiful and independent woman of the 1940's. Lee met her future husband, charming and handsome Richard "Dick" Trotter at Allegheny College. Lee married Dick in 1946 and they were married for 69 wonderful years! It was a true love affair.

The Trotters and their family of four children began searching for the ideal retirement area after Major "Dick" Trotter retired from the Air Force in 1965. After a visit to the Monterey Peninsula they fell under its spell and moved here. Dick & Lee owned "Trotters Antiques" in Pacific Grove formerly known as "Trotter's London Tower". Trotter's Antiques was a successful family business that was proudly operated by Lee, with Dick's help for 50 years. Lee could often be heard to say, "I have never felt like I worked a day in my life because I love what I am doing." Lee and Dick's extensive antiques were one of the largest compilations of fine quality collections in the Western United States. People came from all over the country to shop at Trotter's Antiques and especially to visit with Lee. In addition to antiques, another passion of Lee's was preparing her family scrumptious meals and delicious Italian baked goods.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Trotter and their sons, Richard and Jeffrey and their daughter, Debra. Lee is survived by her son, Terry Trotter and his wife Paula; her daughter, Cheryl Trotter and her partner Kate Spacher; grandchildren, Brett Trotter; Camron Robertson; Sean Robertson and his wife Jessica; Tom Mays and his wife Klairie; Joe Mays and his wife Roxanna; Chris Mays; Aaron Waldo and his wife Alison; great grandchildren, Jason Mays, Olivia Mays, Daphne Mays and Landon Waldo; sisters, Anne Diemer; Aggie Ritchey and her husband Tom.

Visitation will take place at The Paul Mortuary, 390 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove 93950 next Friday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lee's Celebration of Life will take place on the same day at 3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel, 93923. The Program will begin at 4 p.m. The family cannot think of a better way to honor Lee than with the sharing of food after the Program.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to the Pacific Grove Rotary Foundation or Hospice of the Central Coast or Animal Friend's Rescue. The Trotter Family sincerely want to thank Marilyn Viray, Lee's devoted and loving health care worker/friend, and all the caring staff at The Cottages of Carmel.
Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.