Gertrude “Trudy” Corrigan

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Gertrude W., “Trudy” Corrigan, 99, of Belleville, IL, born August 27, 1922, in Fort Dodge, IA, died Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her residence, in Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Corrigan retired in 1985 as executive Secretary of the Surgeon General at Scott Air Force Base. She was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob, MO.  Trudy served as secretary / treasurer of the Airport Homeowners Association, Golden, MO, and was a hospice volunteer. Upon retirement, Trudy and her husband, Pete, moved to Table Rock Lake, Golden, MO, and enjoyed many happy years there.  She loved her family very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Peter Corrigan; her parents, Roy E. and Flossie, nee Spracklen, Litten; her grandparents, who raised her from the age of seven after her mother’s death, V.E. and Sarah Spracklen; four brothers, Winifred, Frank, Roy, and Ronald Litten; a sister, Ruth Litten; a son-in-law, James Fuehner; a step-sister, Evelyn Reichart; and a step-mother, Rose Litten.

Gertrude is survived by five children, M. Christine Fuehner, Cheryl (Robert) Gantner, Michael (Carol) Corrigan, Patrick (Liz) Corrigan, and Colleen (Neil) Isselhardt;
eight grandchildren, Cassie (Wil) Harrison, Ryan (Julie) Gantner, Cara Gantner, Christopher (Danielle) Corrigan, Nicholas Corrigan, Dustin (Su) Corrigan,
Brittany (Derek) Ramsey, and Taylor Winters;
two step-grandchildren, Malcolm and Victoria Malacarne;
many great-grandchildren;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to any hospice of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 27, 2021, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


5 Comments on Gertrude “Trudy” Corrigan

Roxann Wingate said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2021 at 8:59 PM

Sorry to hear your mom has passed. I am proud to have called her my Godmother 💔

  • Tavernier
Lynn Gabel Fulte said : Guest Report Sep 27, 2021 at 8:48 AM

Chris, Please extend my condolences to the family on the loss of your mother. She was blessed with a long life and great kids. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
GENE WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Sep 26, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Linda Draeger-Kunz said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Thinking of all of you as you get together and lay your Mom to rest. God's blessings.

  • Rochester
  • NY
Richard Bartlett said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2021 at 9:01 PM

My condolences. Hugs Patrick and family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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