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Place of Birth:
Akron, Ohio
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Retired Medical Technician
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Gertrude Elnora Goss

Gertrude “Trudy” Elnora Goss passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 27th, 2016 at the age of eighty years old - surrounded by her family singing songs of praises and offering prayers to her Savior.

Trudy was born in Akron, Ohio to John David Ronk and Alma Elaine (Pierce) Ronk on September 22, 1935. She attended school in Talmadge, Ohio until her mother fell ill, at which time, Trudy stayed at home to take care of her. When her mother died in 1952, Trudy married the love of her life Leonard Charles Goss in Phoenix, AZ on May 16th, 1952.

Trudy was a faithful wife of 34 years to Leonard during which time they had four children who have survived her: Daughter - Cathy Elizabeth (Goss) Bennett of Upton, CA; Son - Stephen Michael Goss of Fredericksburg, VA; Daughter - Julie Ann (Goss) Hankins of Broken Arrow, OK; and, Daughter - Bonnie Jean (Goss) Gondolfi of Charleston, AR. Trudy also had fourteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. After Leonard’s death in 1986, Trudy remained a widow until her death. She stated at one time, “I married the best and no one else could take his place!”

Trudy was a stay-at-home mom during the early years of her children’s upbringing and while Leonard was in the Navy. She was a wonderful homemaker and an excellent cottage home business woman selling products to help support the family. In 1967 when, after 24 years of honorable service, Leonard retired from the Navy, they moved the family from East Meadow, New York to Rogers, Arkansas settling near Leonard’s parents – the late Claude E and Viola E (Hudson) Goss of Garfield, Arkansas. At that time she completed her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classification.

Trudy worked in Rogers and Bentonville, Arkansas as a CNA in a couple of nursing homes and at Roger’s Memorial Hospital. Additionally, she served as a CNA at the Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 1971, Trudy was honored with a CNA position at the Veteran’s Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she served for forty-three years. She particularly enjoyed working on the “psych” ward with patients who were elderly and affected by the wars. She retired in November of 2013. Trudy lived out her final years after retirement at home enjoying family members and taking trips to Eureka Springs to see the “Passion Play.”

Trudy will be buried at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her late husband Leonard. If you desire to send expressions of love and memorial in Trudy’s honor, please make a donation to Grace Hospice, PO Box 33234, Tulsa, OK 74153-1234.


Gene and Pam Klotz
Steve, I know as you morn the loss of your Mom you are also celebrating her new life and home in the presence of Jesus Christ . Very best to you and your family.
Mike and Sandy Goldmann
Julie - Sandy and I are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are keeping you and Chuck in our thoughts and prayers.