Gertrude M. ‘Trudy’ Vinglas
Nov. 19, 1944 – June 9, 2019
Gertrude M. “Trudy” Vinglas, 74, Sinking Valley, passed away Sunday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, 13 days after being diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Ellis “Squink” and Gertrude “June” (Morris) Riley. On June 1, 1963, she married Anthony M. Vinglas at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Altoona.
Surviving are her husband, Anthony; a daughter, Christine (Ken) Watt of Altoona; two sons: Richard (Shannon) Vinglas and Jason Vinglas, all of Sinking Valley; five grandchildren: Toni Watt, Phillip (Megan) Watt, Nikki Watt, Kori Vinglas and Mason Vinglas; a great-grandson on the way; and a brother, Paul “Butch” Riley of Oxnard, Calif.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Anthony Michael “Mikey;” and a brother, Gary Riley.
Trudy was a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and Pronto’s Beauty School. She was a hairdresser for 50 years. She was proud to have begun her career as the only area hairdresser to own her own shop at the age of 19 and eventually retired from “Trudy and Sandy’s Beauty Salon.” Trudy loved doing hair and talking to people and would always remember your name.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona.
She enjoyed taking care of her family, taking in stray cats, playing slots on her tablet, watching “Judge Judy,” fishing, crocheting, listening to Elvis and flea marketing. Trudy sold at flea markets and would always get to know you and give you a good deal or just give you the item you wanted for free; she loved helping people that way.
Her husband, Anthony, was her whole world. Celebrating 56 years together, she loved him with all her heart. She was always by his side at the hospital, warning the nurses that she was the general in charge and that nothing was to be given to him without her permission.
She loved her kids with all her heart and would do anything for them. Her grandchildren were also very precious to her and you better not ever do anything that might put them in harm’s way because she would be that “Grandma Bear” who would hunt you down.
Trudy always put everyone before herself.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, Father Lubomir Strecok celebrant. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests that with her passion for animals, memorial contributions be made in Trudy’s memory to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.