Lillian 'Lydia' Schillat Trutnau transcended to the next plane on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 after a long fight with cancer. She was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Trutnau and leaves her four children, Rudy and his wife Melinda, Joan and her husband Ward Bysegger, Roberta Trutnau and Bob Trutnau; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Lydia served on the boards of The Farnam Neighborhood House and Emanuel Lutheran Church for many years. She had a zest for life and the love of her family and friends. Her spirit will live on with everyone who knew her. Friends may visit with her family on Friday, November 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a burial in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Contributions in Lydia's memory may be sent to the Farnam Neighborhood House, 162 Fillmore St, New Haven, CT 06513 or Emanuel Lutheran Church, 280 Humphrey St, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Dear Joan, Robert, Roberta, Rudy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a beautiful person and I have very fond memories of her. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Roberta, I have fond memories of your Mom at Sleeping Giant Park. I am sorry for your loss. I hope her memory will always be a blessing to you and your family.

  3. Dear Roberta, You have so loved & cared for your mother… May you find peace in the coming days, knowing she has found hers as she is reunited with your dad. I so wish I was there, yet will be in Spirit. In love & light Kathy

  4. Rudy, So sorry to learn of the passing of your Grandmother. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Tears well as we send condolences to all the Trutnau Family. Lydia was a special woman who shared her love with us – with everyone. Her vibrant spirit, wisdom, intellect and the faith she exhibited were an inspiration to so many for so many years. We are thankful for having had the honor of knowing and loving her in return. Our Emanuel Family will miss having her present among us at weekly Service, on Church Council and at the many holiday and church events. Lydia will live on in our memories and in our hearts. We take comfort knowing that she lives on – at one with our Lord. God Bless.

  6. To Joanne and the Trutnau Family, We are very sorry about your loss. My sincerest sympathy from the Wirchnianski family. Thanks to your mom for the Farnam days for all who needed it. Blatcheley Avenue used to be a wonderful street and holds many wonderful memories of your family. Maria Wirchnianski Huling

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