Bertha “Gert” Hospodar

Bertha “Gert” Gertrude Bender Hospodar passed away at her home in Danbury, CT surrounded by her family on June 6, at the age of 92. Gert lived in Stamford CT in the same house in The Cove for over 65 years.

Gertrude is predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Hospodar, her parents Emma (Kline) and Sylvester Bender and her sister Audrey (Larry) Marzaloes.

Gertrude is survived by her children Michael (wife Sandy) Hospodar of Stamford CT, Peggy Kennedy (Gary Woker) of Escondido CA, Patricia Wisniewski of Danbury CT, Paul Hospodar (wife Karen) of Trumbull CT and KathyAnne Thompson (husband Matthew) of North Olmsted OH.

Grandchildren Amanda Hospodar (Troy) Finn, Kristofer (Pam) Hospodar, Holly Kennedy (Damio) Towkaniuk, Jamie Kennedy (Richard) Gaither, Alison Wisniewski (Kevin) Kistner, Erin Wisniewski (Richard) Espitee, Stephanie Hospodar, Christina Hospodar, Andrew J. Thompson and Mary C. Thompson.

Great-grandchildren, Katie and Tyler Finn, Shaylee and Dimitri Towkaniuk, Cole and Sage Gaither, and Tucker, Madison and Logan Kistner.

Gertrude was born in McKeesport Pennsylvania, graduated from St. Peters Catholic High School, and went on to earn a RN degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She proudly joined the U.S. Army and served as a First Lieutenant nurse. She was stationed in England during WWII and married her husband at the Church of England in Worcester.

Gert loved her family dearly and was an active volunteer in her community. Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout /Brownie Leader and a member of the Rosary Altar Society at St. Benedicts Church. Her entire life she enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and craft activities. She was known for her creative Halloween costumes, and crocheting beautiful afghans for family and friends. Over the years many enjoyed her tasty holiday cookies including her famous nut and poppy seed rolls.

A memorial mass will be offered at St. Benedict’s in Stamford, CT on Thursday June 13, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Knights of Columbus at 2:00 p.m. for friends and family. Final internment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


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