In Wallingford, Feb. 26, 2006, Rudolph Carl Trutnau of 395 Blatchley Ave., New Haven, CT, husband of Lydia (Lillian) Schillat Trutnau, father of Roberta Trutnau of Middletown, CT, Robert Trutnau of Seattle, WA, Joan (Trutnau) and husband Ward Bysegger of Seattle, WA, Rudolph E. Trutnau and wife Melinda of New Haven, CT; and brother Theodore and Rose Trutnau of Naples, FL, Frederick and Winnie Trutnau of Hamden, CT. and the late Ruth deCastillia of North Haven, CT; and grandfather of Rudy and Katrina Trutnau of New Haven, CT, Daniel Gross, and Ryan and Amy Bysegger of Seattle, WA . Also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews to whom he loved and cherished dearly. Born on July 7, 1922, he was the son of the late Rudolph C. and Louise Hoepfner Trutnau. He attended Stone School for accounting. Rudy was a comptroller having served with the New Haven, V.N.A. and later with the Regional V.N.A., retiring in 1993. An active member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, he was also a member of Hiram Lodge # 1, A.F. & A.M., Wooster Lodge # 79, A.F. & A.M., an Honorary member of Adelphi - Momauguim Lodge # 63, A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite, Valley of New Haven, Lafayette Consistory, Pyramid Temple of the Shrine and Alice Chapter of the Eastern Star. Rudy served as a District Deputy Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Connecticut. A veteran of W.W. II, he served in the U.S. Army Ordinance Corp. as a Staff Sergeant. Funeral service at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 280 Humphrey St. New Haven, Friday, March 3rd at 11 A.M. Friends may call at BEECHER AND BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE, HAMDEN on Thursday from 5 - 8 P.M. Masonic service by Hiram Lodge # 1 at 7:30 P.M.

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  1. Dear Lydia and Family, I was sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. We had some good memories over the years at my aunt Thelma and Stews home. He will be remembered in my prayers. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Dee Dee

  2. Dear Lydia, The treasured friendship that our families have enjoyed for more than 60 years makes saying farewell to Rudy especially heart breaking. From the time I was a child, Rudy inspired me to look beyond the obvious and find the truth. I loved being part of the conversations at my parent’s New Years Day parties-Rudy always had such a positive spin on things and made thought provoking comments. He was truly a gentleman and a gentle soul. Lydia, I know the grief you are feeling. Always remember that you and Rudy together spent your lives doing good things that will make a difference in others’ lives for years to come. Cling tight to those memories-they will comfort you. May God Bless you and your family. Love, Karen

  3. Dear Lydia: I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Rudy at the Regional VNA for so many years and was surprised to read of his death. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Fondly, Audrey Calandrelli McClure

  4. I will always remember the warm and joyous way Rudy opened his heart to his grandson Daniel, and the generosity he demonstrated when he genuinely welcomed me into the Trutnau family. Rudy’s steadfast dedication to family togetherness is a quality I always admired, and something we should all emulate in his remembrance. We will miss him dearly. With love, Carolyn

  5. My dear friend Roberta, My thoughts and heart are with you at this difficult time. I am sorry I will not be at the services; I just can’t bring myself to attend these yet. Beecher and Bennet did my husband’s funeral. They will send you grieving booklets every 4 months for the next year. They were such a help to me, cherish them. Take care my friend.

  6. On behalf of the Rehabilitation Department of Masonic Healthcare Center, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Rudy Trutnau. He was a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to know. David Santoro, Director Inpatient Rehab Department Masonic Healthcare Center

  7. Our sympathy, Lydia, to you and your family on this snowy day! Rudy’s warmth and humor will be missed. Barbara and Sheldon

  8. Roberta, May God bless you and your family during this difficult time ,with the passing of your father. Gene

  9. The Sturges 3 Rehabilitation Unit Staff at Masonic Healthcare Center and I would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rudy Trutnau. Our hearts go out to you in your time of loss.

  10. To Carolyn and Earl and Family We share your loss at this time and send our condolences to the family.

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