A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. July 23, 2022 at St Joachim Cemetery (10500- 117 Street) in the northeast corner of the cemetery.
A Celebration of Life pasta supper will start at 3:30 pm on July 23, 2022. All who knew Grace or the family are invited to join us for memories and fellowship. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for location and details.
An evening Prayer Service was held at 7:00 pm MST on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Connelly McKinley Funeral Home (10011 114 Street NW Edmonton). To watch the livestream of the prayer service, please click here.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:00 am MST on Friday, April 29, 2022 at St. Matthew Catholic Church (13131 86 Street NW, Edmonton). To watch the livestream of the service, please click here.
With deepest sorrow we announce the death of Grace Elsie Trudel (nee: Short) of Edmonton at the age of 92 years.
Grace passed away in the early hours of the morning April 13, 2022 after a short hospitalization. Her loving family were with her through her hospital stay and at the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward AJ Trudel; parents: Eber and Ada; brother, Wilson; sisters, Mary Freeman and Evelyn Goodyear; niece, Ada Barefoot and nephew, Frank Short.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Marie Trudel (Sean) and Charmaine Trudel; her beloved granddaughter, Alicia Trudel; sister, Eileen (Walt) LeDrew; brother-in-law, Allan Freeman; nieces: Olive, Julia, Vera, Jennifer, Minette, Darlene and Brenda; and nephews: Eric, Harold, Jim, Ronald and Jeffrey. She also leaves to mourn many great nieces and nephews; as well as her caregivers, Joy, Henriette, and Katie and many friends and neighbors.
Grace was born 1930 in Terra Nova, Newfoundland to the late Eber and Ada Short. She grew up amongst the woodland interior of rural Newfoundland and trained as a teacher at Memorial University in St Johns, Newfoundland. She worked as a school teacher across Newfoundland and Labrador, and further afield in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Sherwood Park AB. She was also a lifelong photographer and has collected images of the nature and people in many of the places where she has lived. Grace has travelled back to Newfoundland many times for visits and reunions.
Grace retired from her last teaching post in Sherwood Park at the age of 39 to become a full-time mother and wife many years because she met and married Edward, a veteran of the RCAF who had joined civilian life. Upon Edward’s retirement from Alberta Highways, Grace returned to work outside the home with Alberta Municipal Affairs and retired March 1994.
Following Edward’s death in 1996, Grace carried on and after a while, she returned to office work to connect with people and continued to volunteer, especially with the First Night festival in Edmonton.
While in her 80’s Grace became very interested in social media, internet shopping, and email and made extensive use of Facebook to connect with family to share memories, good wishes and recipes.
After a health crisis in 2014, Grace had to spend some time living at the Glenrose Hospital and continuing care facilities. She was able to move back home in 2019 and lived at home with Marie until the time of her death. During the pandemic Grace passed the time reading, exploring on her tablet, getting outside, chatting on the phone and taking trips to the mall.
Grace touched the lives of many children through her teaching, volunteering with youth groups and fundraising, especially for the Columbian Choirs of Edmonton.
Even though each day came with challenges and uncertainty, Grace was present to those around her, extending curiosity, kindness and gratitude.
If desired, charitable donations in memory of Grace can be made to Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation or The Royal Canadian Legion.
The family want to express our deepest gratitude to Grace’s exceptional caregivers, the Self Managed Care team at AHS including our case manager Lindsey for making the impossible possible, and the wonderful friends and neighbors at our condo community for the smiles, hellos and kindness shown to Grace.