On Monday, April 24th, in the early evening, with her brother and sister holding her in their arms, Trudy danced her way into the loving arms of her grandma and grandpa, who, along with Jesus, Mary, and her many relatives and friends who have gone before her, welcomed her with much joy and celebration into her new home in heaven.
Trudy was the much loved daughter of Rita (Connie) and Nello Modesto, formerly of Coniston, and now residing in Sandpoint, Idaho. She was a cherished big sister to Ryan Modesto and his wife Carol, from Salt Lake City, Utah, and JoAnne Farmin and her husband Dan, who live in Priest River, Idaho. She was loved dearly by her nieces and nephews, Sara and Missy Modesto, Kelly Farmin (Sean Mirus) and Ryan Farmin (Sabrina). She was best friends with her cousin, Sharon Oliver, of Sudbury. Trudy was the precious granddaughter of Willard and Frances Conlon, and Giuseppe and Felicita Modesto, all predeceased. She was a loving niece to many aunts and uncles, including Ken and Claire Conlon, of Coniston, Walter and Betty Modesto, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., as well as Bernard Conlon (Theresa), Pia Pezetta (Peter), Santina Elmatti (Andrew), Spema Johnson (Bill), Ermo Modesto (Joan), Basil Modesto (Peggy), Erminio Modesto (Evelyn), and Mario Modesto (Rose), all predeceased. Trudy will be missed by her numerous cousins, both on the Modesto and Conlon sides of the family.
Trudy was a much loved member of another family, the L’Arche Community of Sudbury. She lived at Bethany House, with her friends Eddy, Raymond, Robert and Jeff, and the many assistants who loved and cared for her and were cared for and loved in return by Trudy. She will be sadly missed by her many L’Arche friends from Bethany, Galilee, Emmaus and Nazareth houses.
Trudy was a vibrant, loving, courageous, faith-filled woman, who inspired and taught everyone she met on her life journey. She loved life to the fullest, giving and receiving in full measure. She looked forward with great anticipation to her yearly trips to the family cottage at Tyson Lake, where she spent loving, fun-filled weeks with her parents, siblings, other family members and the many friends who came to visit her there. She enjoyed her vacations with her L’Arche family and the many activities she had with the CPP program at L’Arche. Always a social butterfly, Trudy loved partying, outings, singing, and listening to music. She was a fashion icon, always dressed to the nines and adorned with her beautiful assortment of jewelry. She was a member of Holy Redeemer and St. Andrew the Apostle Parishes, and was an enthusiastic participant at all liturgies she attended, singing and praying with much joy. Trudy will always be remembered for her beautiful, radiant smile, her welcoming presence and her laughter. Most of all, Trudy loved her family. She lived for their visits and basked in their love. Her beautiful spirit will live on in all of our hearts forever.
During the last few weeks of her life, Trudy was tenderly cared for by the doctors and nurses from the 6th floor South Tower of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre. Her hospital room was constantly filled with wonderful friends and relatives and she enjoyed all the visits, prayers and good wishes.
A prayer service was held at Bethany House on Wednesday, April 26th, and a funeral service will be held in July when her parents are able to travel. Details will be announced at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Trudy’s name to L’Arche Sudbury, 1173 Rideau St., Sudbury. P3A 3A5 by visiting their office or their webpage, www.larchesudbury.org.