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“I had the pleasure of working with Trudi in ICU and shall never forget her sweet disposition and compassion for all. My sympathy to her husband,...Read More »
1 of 81 | Posted by: Edie

“Larry, Since we live in the Quad Cities now I check the Hawkeye every once in awhile and saw that Trudi passed away. You have all of our thoughts...Read More »
2 of 81 | Posted by: Russ Larson

“I'm so very sorry for your families loss. Trudi was such a sweet, kind,loving person and I will always remember her smile and all her support when...Read More »
3 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Beckham

“My deepest Sympathy to The Pierce Family. Trudi was a "inspiration" to me all during and after Nursing at SCC. She had a endless smile. :-) and now...Read More »
4 of 81 | Posted by: Rita Pratt

“My deepest sympathy to her family. I went to Nursing school with Trudi and she was "inspirational" to me. The BEST nurse ever! I have many happy...Read More »
5 of 81 | Posted by: Rita (Koestner) Pratt

“My heartfelt sympathy. Words cannot express how shocked, saddened, in disbelief, and in denial I was. ”
6 of 81 | Posted by: Judy "Brandt" Amenell

“Trudi's death came as a surprise and a shock. She was always so vibrant, living fully and fruitfully. Definitely a life that served and blessed...Read More »
7 of 81 | Posted by: Vona Custer Van Cleef

“larry, Darcy, Laura and Aimee, We are in argentina and I just learned of the terrible loss of our beloved trudi. I am so very sorry and although I...Read More »
8 of 81 | Posted by: Kim Capdevila

“Laura and Aimee so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thought and prayers in the days comming. ”
9 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Parker

“Larry and family,I feel just a small portion of your loss. Trudi was a beautiful, loving person on the inside as well as the outside. Our thoughts...Read More »
10 of 81 | Posted by: Judy Kerr Rice Class of 63

“Trudi was a wonderful lady, one I respected and loved like few others in my life. Though I saw her seldom due to the distance we lived apart, I have...Read More »
11 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Dyer

“Trudi will be greatly missed. She was a lovely person. ”
12 of 81 | Posted by: Joan Ryner

“Dear Larry and family, I am still in shock. I haven't been able to find the words to comfort you, but I know I will always keep Trudi and her kind...Read More »
13 of 81 | Posted by: Romajean Messer

“Darcy - So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. May God's grace comfort you and your family during this difficult time. ”
14 of 81 | Posted by: David Berry (Class of 81)

“Thoughts and prayers to the Pierce family! I wish I could be there to share some great memories of Trudi! God Bless! Linda Crawford ”
15 of 81 | Posted by: Linda Crawford

“Larry and family, Dean and I are so sorry to hear about Trudi. She will be missed by all. She was very special to me helping with my mother during...Read More »
16 of 81 | Posted by: Nancy Wischmeier

“Laura & family, We are really sad to hear of your Mom's, Trudi, passing away. You have our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and...Read More »
17 of 81 | Posted by: Jan & Rob Fletcher

“Laura and family - I am sorry to read of your mom's death. She was a remarkable woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Robin ”
18 of 81 | Posted by: Robin Rutherford Hensen

“Trudi was an amazing person and will be missed so much by all. Our prayers go to all of the family and friends. Peace... ”
19 of 81 | Posted by: Lance and Martha

“We are thinking of Darcy and her family. Although we did not know Trudi personally, we know she must have been a very special person because we know...Read More »
20 of 81 | Posted by: Joanie and Roger

“Larry,Darcy,Laura and Amy, Just wanted to send my sincere condolences and your all in my thoughts. Trudi was a special woman with a heart of gold....Read More »
21 of 81 | Posted by: Patty Lewis

“Darcy, Matt, Amber, Sarah, Larry, Laura, Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother and wife and grandmother Please...Read More »
22 of 81 | Posted by: Dana Wehrle

“Larry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a Burlington classmate of Trudi's. I just finished reading her life wonderful life story. I did...Read More »
23 of 81 | Posted by: Karen (Kuster) Eickmann

“Dear Aimee and family, We were shocked and deeply sadened to hear of you loss. Your Mom was a superb person, and so caring and loving to all. We both...Read More »
24 of 81 | Posted by: Lisa and Skeeter

“Larry and Family. so sorry to hear of Trudie's passing. I called Gene and Jim this morn. Knew they would want to know. Take care and will see you at...Read More »
25 of 81 | Posted by: Joanne (Kerr) Meth

“Aimee and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. My deepest sympathy go out to you and your Dad and your whole family. You are in my thought...Read More »
26 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Glasgpw

“Larry and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Trudi. Know that I am thinking of you and sending my heartfelt sympathy. Mary ”
27 of 81 | Posted by: Mary Saxton

“I had the pleasure of working with Trudi in ICU and shall never forget her sweet disposition and compassion for all. My sympathy to her husband,...Read More »
28 of 81 | Posted by: Edie

“Larry, Since we live in the Quad Cities now I check the Hawkeye every once in awhile and saw that Trudi passed away. You have all of our thoughts...Read More »
29 of 81 | Posted by: Russ Larson

“I'm so very sorry for your families loss. Trudi was such a sweet, kind,loving person and I will always remember her smile and all her support when...Read More »
30 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Beckham

“My deepest Sympathy to The Pierce Family. Trudi was a "inspiration" to me all during and after Nursing at SCC. She had a endless smile. :-) and now...Read More »
31 of 81 | Posted by: Rita Pratt

“My deepest sympathy to her family. I went to Nursing school with Trudi and she was "inspirational" to me. The BEST nurse ever! I have many happy...Read More »
32 of 81 | Posted by: Rita (Koestner) Pratt

“My heartfelt sympathy. Words cannot express how shocked, saddened, in disbelief, and in denial I was. ”
33 of 81 | Posted by: Judy "Brandt" Amenell

“Trudi's death came as a surprise and a shock. She was always so vibrant, living fully and fruitfully. Definitely a life that served and blessed...Read More »
34 of 81 | Posted by: Vona Custer Van Cleef

“larry, Darcy, Laura and Aimee, We are in argentina and I just learned of the terrible loss of our beloved trudi. I am so very sorry and although I...Read More »
35 of 81 | Posted by: Kim Capdevila

“Laura and Aimee so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thought and prayers in the days comming. ”
36 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Parker

“Larry and family,I feel just a small portion of your loss. Trudi was a beautiful, loving person on the inside as well as the outside. Our thoughts...Read More »
37 of 81 | Posted by: Judy Kerr Rice Class of 63

“Trudi was a wonderful lady, one I respected and loved like few others in my life. Though I saw her seldom due to the distance we lived apart, I have...Read More »
38 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Dyer

“Trudi will be greatly missed. She was a lovely person. ”
39 of 81 | Posted by: Joan Ryner

“Dear Larry and family, I am still in shock. I haven't been able to find the words to comfort you, but I know I will always keep Trudi and her kind...Read More »
40 of 81 | Posted by: Romajean Messer

“Darcy - So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. May God's grace comfort you and your family during this difficult time. ”
41 of 81 | Posted by: David Berry (Class of 81)

“Thoughts and prayers to the Pierce family! I wish I could be there to share some great memories of Trudi! God Bless! Linda Crawford ”
42 of 81 | Posted by: Linda Crawford

“Larry and family, Dean and I are so sorry to hear about Trudi. She will be missed by all. She was very special to me helping with my mother during...Read More »
43 of 81 | Posted by: Nancy Wischmeier

“Laura & family, We are really sad to hear of your Mom's, Trudi, passing away. You have our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and...Read More »
44 of 81 | Posted by: Jan & Rob Fletcher

“Laura and family - I am sorry to read of your mom's death. She was a remarkable woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Robin ”
45 of 81 | Posted by: Robin Rutherford Hensen

“Trudi was an amazing person and will be missed so much by all. Our prayers go to all of the family and friends. Peace... ”
46 of 81 | Posted by: Lance and Martha

“We are thinking of Darcy and her family. Although we did not know Trudi personally, we know she must have been a very special person because we know...Read More »
47 of 81 | Posted by: Joanie and Roger

“Larry,Darcy,Laura and Amy, Just wanted to send my sincere condolences and your all in my thoughts. Trudi was a special woman with a heart of gold....Read More »
48 of 81 | Posted by: Patty Lewis

“Darcy, Matt, Amber, Sarah, Larry, Laura, Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother and wife and grandmother Please...Read More »
49 of 81 | Posted by: Dana Wehrle

“Larry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a Burlington classmate of Trudi's. I just finished reading her life wonderful life story. I did...Read More »
50 of 81 | Posted by: Karen (Kuster) Eickmann

“Dear Aimee and family, We were shocked and deeply sadened to hear of you loss. Your Mom was a superb person, and so caring and loving to all. We both...Read More »
51 of 81 | Posted by: Lisa and Skeeter

“Larry and Family. so sorry to hear of Trudie's passing. I called Gene and Jim this morn. Knew they would want to know. Take care and will see you at...Read More »
52 of 81 | Posted by: Joanne (Kerr) Meth

“Aimee and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. My deepest sympathy go out to you and your Dad and your whole family. You are in my thought...Read More »
53 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Glasgpw

“Larry and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Trudi. Know that I am thinking of you and sending my heartfelt sympathy. Mary ”
54 of 81 | Posted by: Mary Saxton

“I had the pleasure of working with Trudi in ICU and shall never forget her sweet disposition and compassion for all. My sympathy to her husband,...Read More »
55 of 81 | Posted by: Edie

“Larry, Since we live in the Quad Cities now I check the Hawkeye every once in awhile and saw that Trudi passed away. You have all of our thoughts...Read More »
56 of 81 | Posted by: Russ Larson

“I'm so very sorry for your families loss. Trudi was such a sweet, kind,loving person and I will always remember her smile and all her support when...Read More »
57 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Beckham

“My deepest Sympathy to The Pierce Family. Trudi was a "inspiration" to me all during and after Nursing at SCC. She had a endless smile. :-) and now...Read More »
58 of 81 | Posted by: Rita Pratt

“My deepest sympathy to her family. I went to Nursing school with Trudi and she was "inspirational" to me. The BEST nurse ever! I have many happy...Read More »
59 of 81 | Posted by: Rita (Koestner) Pratt

“My heartfelt sympathy. Words cannot express how shocked, saddened, in disbelief, and in denial I was. ”
60 of 81 | Posted by: Judy "Brandt" Amenell

“Trudi's death came as a surprise and a shock. She was always so vibrant, living fully and fruitfully. Definitely a life that served and blessed...Read More »
61 of 81 | Posted by: Vona Custer Van Cleef

“larry, Darcy, Laura and Aimee, We are in argentina and I just learned of the terrible loss of our beloved trudi. I am so very sorry and although I...Read More »
62 of 81 | Posted by: Kim Capdevila

“Laura and Aimee so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thought and prayers in the days comming. ”
63 of 81 | Posted by: Amy Parker

“Larry and family,I feel just a small portion of your loss. Trudi was a beautiful, loving person on the inside as well as the outside. Our thoughts...Read More »
64 of 81 | Posted by: Judy Kerr Rice Class of 63

“Trudi was a wonderful lady, one I respected and loved like few others in my life. Though I saw her seldom due to the distance we lived apart, I have...Read More »
65 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Dyer

“Trudi will be greatly missed. She was a lovely person. ”
66 of 81 | Posted by: Joan Ryner

“Dear Larry and family, I am still in shock. I haven't been able to find the words to comfort you, but I know I will always keep Trudi and her kind...Read More »
67 of 81 | Posted by: Romajean Messer

“Darcy - So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. May God's grace comfort you and your family during this difficult time. ”
68 of 81 | Posted by: David Berry (Class of 81)

“Thoughts and prayers to the Pierce family! I wish I could be there to share some great memories of Trudi! God Bless! Linda Crawford ”
69 of 81 | Posted by: Linda Crawford

“Larry and family, Dean and I are so sorry to hear about Trudi. She will be missed by all. She was very special to me helping with my mother during...Read More »
70 of 81 | Posted by: Nancy Wischmeier

“Laura & family, We are really sad to hear of your Mom's, Trudi, passing away. You have our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and...Read More »
71 of 81 | Posted by: Jan & Rob Fletcher

“Laura and family - I am sorry to read of your mom's death. She was a remarkable woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Robin ”
72 of 81 | Posted by: Robin Rutherford Hensen

“Trudi was an amazing person and will be missed so much by all. Our prayers go to all of the family and friends. Peace... ”
73 of 81 | Posted by: Lance and Martha

“We are thinking of Darcy and her family. Although we did not know Trudi personally, we know she must have been a very special person because we know...Read More »
74 of 81 | Posted by: Joanie and Roger

“Larry,Darcy,Laura and Amy, Just wanted to send my sincere condolences and your all in my thoughts. Trudi was a special woman with a heart of gold....Read More »
75 of 81 | Posted by: Patty Lewis

“Darcy, Matt, Amber, Sarah, Larry, Laura, Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother and wife and grandmother Please...Read More »
76 of 81 | Posted by: Dana Wehrle

“Larry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am a Burlington classmate of Trudi's. I just finished reading her life wonderful life story. I did...Read More »
77 of 81 | Posted by: Karen (Kuster) Eickmann

“Dear Aimee and family, We were shocked and deeply sadened to hear of you loss. Your Mom was a superb person, and so caring and loving to all. We both...Read More »
78 of 81 | Posted by: Lisa and Skeeter

“Larry and Family. so sorry to hear of Trudie's passing. I called Gene and Jim this morn. Knew they would want to know. Take care and will see you at...Read More »
79 of 81 | Posted by: Joanne (Kerr) Meth

“Aimee and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. My deepest sympathy go out to you and your Dad and your whole family. You are in my thought...Read More »
80 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Glasgpw

“Larry and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Trudi. Know that I am thinking of you and sending my heartfelt sympathy. Mary ”
81 of 81 | Posted by: Mary Saxton


Trudi Russelle Pierce, 66, of Middletown, died at 2:20 pm Thursday, January 12, 2012, at her home. Born January 31, 1945 in Iowa City, she was the daughter of Russell and Babette Morgan Thomas. As a child she lived in Burlington, California, and Florida. She met Larry E. Pierce in Burlington and within a year they were married on October 6, 1962. They had three daughters together. Trudi was a homemaker until 1975 when she decided to go back to school to become a nurse. She worked in many areas of nursing throughout her career. She was an ICU nurse at Burlington Medical Center, at Danville Nursing Home as a Director of Nursing, an administrator at Great River Medical Center and finished her career as an instructor for Clinical Nurses at Southeastern Community College. Trudi loved caring for others and made a connection with many people in her profession. Her hobbies included putting together photo albums, reading, attending Red Hat Society meetings with friends and Bible Study. She was a member of Middletown Presbyterian Church for many years. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends by her pool because she loved the sun. Trudi loved traveling and looked at life as an adventure. She enjoyed spending time with her family and passed on to each of them her sense of caring and compassion for others. She was on the Board of Directors for the Homeless Shelter in Burlington. Her wishes for her family were to do something for others in their lives as she did. She was blessed with many close friends through the years and will be missed by all. She is our guardian angel now... Survivors include her husband, Larry; three daughters, Darcy (Matt) Thornton of Clinton, IA, Laura (Tal) Hinesley of Middletown, and Aimee (Jody Holtkamp) Pierce of Burlington; six grandchildren, Amber Thornton-Ames, Sarah Thornton, Tayler Hinesley, Jacob Hinesley, Troy Hinesley, and Jesse Holtkamp; one sister, Terri Gavaletz of Livermore, CA; two half-brothers, Tony Thomas of Saint Louis, MO, Rusty (Debbie) Thomas of Saint Louis, MO; one half-sister, Becky Thomas of Burlington; three step-brothers, Terry (Pat) Frost of Omaha, NE, Dale Lott of Nashville, TN, and Lance Lott of Nashville, TN; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Janet Thomas, her step father, Jesse Lott, two brothers, Scott and Derek, and one granddaughter, Morgan Holtkamp. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday, January 16, 2012 at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home. The funeral service for Mrs. Pierce will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Jay Clover officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Comfort Suites following the service. As per Trudi's wishes, cremation will be accorded following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Burlington Homeless Shelter and Great River Hospice.

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