In Memory of Gertrude "Trudie" Irene Bigelow

Gertrude "Trudie" Irene Bigelow
Gertrude "Trudie" Irene Bigelow
Born: June 16, 1932
Died: June 2, 2018
Age: 85
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Gertrude "Trudie" Irene Bigelow
June 16, 1932 - June 2, 2018
From: Aurora, CO | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Gertrude “Trudie” Irene Bigelow, age 85, of Aurora, Colorado, formerly of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The family invites you to join them for a luncheon at noon in the fellowship hall before the visitation. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to Trudie’s favorite charity: Wellspring Community, 826 Park St.  #200, Castle Rock, CO 80109. Or to give online, go to: and type in “Wellspring Community”.

Gertrude “Trudie” Irene Bigelow passed away peacefully at the age of 85, surrounded by her family on June 2, 2018, in Denver, Colorado after an extended illness.

Trudie was born on June 16, 1932, to Clifford and Theda Marple in Sioux City, Iowa. Her idyllic childhood included high school dances, playing the cello, working at the drug store soda fountain and attending Methodist summer camp ever year at Lake Okoboji. She went on to graduate with a degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University where she also met her future husband, Edward Bigelow, a Civil Engineering student on a ROTC scholarship. After one year of teaching in Council Bluffs, she married Ed on September 10, 1955 and became an Air Force wife.

The newlyweds moved to Harlingen, TX where their first son, Steven was born. They were transferred to Sacramento, California serving two more years, where their daughter, Diane was born. After Ed’s military service they moved to Sioux City, IA, where their second son, Brian was born.

The couple settled in Ida Grove, IA where they raised their family and enjoyed close friendships. Trudie was Ed’s unofficial partner in Bigelow Engineering, working as the bookkeeper and secretary. In addition, Trudie generously gave of her time to the community by serving on the Ida Grove school board and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Trudie was an active PEO member and was involved in many charitable causes.

Trudie was known as a consummate seamstress, accomplished needle pointer, party planner, master cook and decorator. But she will forever be remembered for her quick wit, her love of chocolate and most importantly, her generous spirit and boundless love of her family above all.

Once retired, Ed and Trudie enjoyed lakeside living in Texas before returning to family and friends in Ames. During their later years, they moved to the Denver area to be with family.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Edward C. Bigelow (January 10, 2018) and her cherished siblings, Joan Hallberg (August 11, 2003) and Charles Marple (September 20, 2016).

She was a devoted and loving mother to her three children Steven (Tamara) Bigelow of League City, TX, Diane (Dave) Triggs of Aurora, CO and Brian (Sharon) Bigelow of Apex, NC.

She was most proud of her eight grandchildren – Naomi Triggs, Josh (Dina) Triggs, Evan (Megan) Bigelow, Jeremy (Jessica) Triggs, Eric (Kate) Bigelow, Paul Triggs, Sarah Bigelow and Matthew Bigelow and her five great-grandchildren who blessed her with so much joy.


2:00 p.m., Wednesday
June 13, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday
June 13, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM
“Steve, Diane, Brian and family this has sure been quite a year. My sympathies in the passing of your mother. Thank God for family and wonderful memories. May God Bless you all.”
- Bonnie Godin
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 4:45 PM
“We are saddened by the passing of the last from the Greatest generation of our family.
We all wish we could be there with you as you celebrate the great good that was your mother!
Many great memories that have become iconic in our lives.
We have respected her wishes and have donated to Wellspring in memorandum of her....
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.....
The Hallberg Family
Chris, Clay, Chuck and Heidi ”
- Clay Hallberg
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8:46 AM
“My condolences on your loss. Prayers for God's strength.”
- Sandy Ehler
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