Gertrude H. ‘Trudy’ McGraw
April 6, 1936 - May 11, 2017
Gertrude Helen “Trudy” McGraw, 81, Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at her residence.
She was born in Hollidaysburg, daughter of the late Adam and Anna (Yingling) Hoover. She married Don McGraw, who preceded her in death in 2016 after 58 years of marriage.
Surviving are a daughter, Michelle Connors and husband, James, of Mechanicsburg; two sons: John J. McGraw of Mechanicsburg and Patrick McGraw and wife, Jannette Whippy, of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren: James Connors Jr. and wife, Katherine, Stephen P. Connors and wife, Alison, Matthew J. Connors and Aleisha N. Connors.
Trudy was born into a large and loving Western Pennsylvania family. She excelled in academics and was a lifelong learner. She graduated from Mount Gallitzin High School in 1954; Mercy School of Nursing, Altoona, in 1957; Messiah College, Grantham, in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing; and Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, with a Juris Doctor in 1982.
From 1957-72, she worked as a registered nurse and nurse supervisor to benefit patients at Mercy Hospital, Altoona, and Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. She also served as legislative program director for the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. After her career as a nurse, Trudy entered the practice of law and was exceptional as both a staff attorney and in private practice. She worked tirelessly for her clients in the areas of workers’ compensation, malpractice and Social Security disability claims. Her family and peers were proud of her advocacy as both a nurse and an attorney.
Trudy and her husband, Don, were founding members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. They were also accomplished bridge players as well as life masters of the American Contract Bridge League. Trudy loved celebrating holidays (especially Christmas) and was as adept at planning a party for friends and family as she was in her preparation for court as an attorney. She had a wonderful laugh and was a joyful person. She was an exceptionally caring individual who truly enriched the lives of her family and friends.
Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the foyer of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 310 Hertzler Road, Mechanicsburg. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church.
As they provided tremendous support to both Trudy and Don in the last years of their lives, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Donations may also be made to Trinity High School Tuition Assistance Fund, 3601 Simpson Ferry Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.