Gertrude Cardany

Gertrude M. "Trudy" Cardany

Sunday, November 21st, 1926 - Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Gertrude “Trudy” Cardany
November 21, 1926 - October 30, 2020
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Trudy, loving and devoted mother and cherished friend to all whose lives she touched.
Just a few weeks shy of age 94, she left us on the evening of October 30, 2020. Her family feels so fortunate to have been with her, at home, during her last hours.
Without a doubt, jubilant angels are now welcoming her with much fanfare, but as her great nephew Tom said, “Genuine kindness in the world just dropped a notch.”
Trudy was born in Albany, N.Y. on November 21, 1926, the daughter of Patrick Sarsfield and Gertrude (Oates) Varden.
Trudy is predeceased by her parents, her husband Arthur, son Matthew, and her brothers Tom and Rev. Joseph Varden (first pastor of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Latham, NY).
Family and friends meant everything to Trudy. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Jeannie, sons Joe and Will, grandson David, niece Patricia Burke, her husband Tom Burke, niece Kathy Varden, nephew Tom (Tucker) Varden; and her great nieces and nephew: Chrissy Burke, Aileen Monahan, and Tom Burke; and beloved cousins. She is also survived by long time dear friends: Elizabeth Craigmyle, Joan and Ted Burke, Gail Kyea, Mary Dufort, and Anna Nardelli.
Trudy graduated from St. Rose College in 1948 with a B.S. degree and Oneonta State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a M.A. in Elementary Education. She taught one year at Schuylerville High School, 4 years in the Albany Public School District and one year at Westmere Elementary in the Albany area. For many years, she enjoyed substitute teaching at Plattsburgh Middle and High School, and volunteer work at Reading for the Visually Impaired, Literacy Volunteers, and the local Food Shelf.
Many Plattsburgh graduates fondly remember having Trudy as a substitute teacher. A little history on this is that in the 1970’s Trudy’s intention was to try substituting for a short while to make a bit of extra cash to spend on her kids. She ended up being a reliable and favorite sub for well over 15 years. When the calls came at 6 am, Trudy never said no.
Trudy grew up in Albany, NY. She was much younger than her brothers and was fondly called “Babe” by most of her family and many friends from her youth. She met her husband, Art, while they were both teachers in the Albany Public School System. They were married in 1952 and began their life together. They lived in Albany and briefly in Interlaken, Altamont, and Rhinebeck as he advanced his education career. In 1965, they settled in Plattsburgh, NY with their 4 children, as Art began his Professorship at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Since her early years, Trudy was a swimmer, including during many of her family’s trips to Friend’s Lake, (She often recounted being there for VJ Day). It seems to her children that every warm summer day, growing up in Albany and Plattsburgh, she brought us to some nearby pool or lake swimming spot. This love of swimming continued her whole life. Often when on vacation trips, she was the only one in the pool or ocean. It didn’t matter to her how chilly the water was, she had to have a swim. Even in her 80’s, she was still known to hop in her little Corolla and take a ride to Schroon Lake to have a dip.
Trudy always had a truly spunky independent streak. This was evident in her young adult years when she was a member of The Sienna Flying Club. She was on her way to earning a small plane flying license, but her efforts were thwarted by her overprotective older brothers who used their influence to have the flying club disbanded. In protest over this action, Trudy and a pilot friend flew their final flight over the airfield and dropped toilet paper from the sky.
Trudy didn’t wear the boots, but she did carry the keys in the family. Her children preferred that she drive us especially on long trips because Art typically drove at least 10 miles below the speed limit. Trudy always enjoyed driving and the independence it gave her. She prided herself on her driving skills and throughout her adult life never hesitated to get behind the wheel of her car and take off on long and short jaunts, often by herself. As recently as a couple months ago, Trudy convinced someone to get her car battery working. She then proceeded to take a short neighborhood ride, (without her children’s knowledge).
Trudy enjoyed traveling through the Northwest Rockies with Art, and to Ireland, Hawaii, and Italy with some of her wonderful friends.
It didn’t matter whether you knew Trudy well or hardly at all. Everyone was struck by how caring and accepting she was, how genuine, how joyful her interest was in who you were. Knowing or encountering her made you feel better. Her hope was that you would pay that forward.
In 2011, Trudy began a new chapter in her life when she moved to Lake Forest Senior Community. She treasured the friendships she made here. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the management and staff of Lake Forest, and a few of her many dear friends: Pat, Dot, Eileen, and Lou. The relationships she formed at Lake Forest enriched the last 9 years of Trudy’s life immensely.
Trudy’s family would like to thank the staff at CVPH and Hospice for the compassionate care given to our Mother during her last few days.
We would also like to extend our deep gratitude to Elizabeth Craigmyle, Carla Hausrath, and Jacqueline Rasco for the special care and friendship they gave Trudy.
Trudy’s specific wishes included that donations in her memory be made to Hospice of the North Country ( or the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf.
Due to the current circumstances, a private prayer service and burial was limited to immediate family.
In the future, when conditions are safe for everyone’s health, a memorial service as well as a Catholic Mass will be scheduled to celebrate her life. These were both very important to Trudy and she was very aware in recent months that families found it necessary to postpone these special ceremonies. Trudy’s religious faith was deep and she professed it by the life she led.
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Anne Bailey

Posted at 09:31am
It was my good fortune to know Trudy when she was a substitute teacher at Plattsburgh High School. Thank you for a wonderful portrait of the life of a wonderful person. Trudy spread happiness and good cheer wherever she went, and her positive outlook was contagious. Good for the students, and good for her colleagues, not to mention friends and family. I knew nothing of her travels, or flying and driving adventures, but her grand spirit and „joie de vivre“ remain with all of us. Rest in peace, dear Trudy.

Kathy Lambert

Posted at 04:59pm
What a beautiful woman, both inside and out! I often shared a pew At Our Lady of Victory church with Mrs. Cardany. She will be missed. To Joe, and other family members: I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Nothing in life prepares a person to lose a Mom!!!!! NOTHING! Just know that Love is much stronger than death. And she will always be with you; guiding you and keeping you safe. Again, my heartfelt sympathies. God bless. Kathy A. Lambert PHS Class of 1977

James Conley

Posted at 12:22pm
Trudy was a wonderful lady and good friend. Trudy and Art gave me so much musical support in my early(as well as later) organist career. Her encouragement and support ,along with Art,’s, was so appreciated. Rest In Peace, Trudy.
Maestro Jim Conley

Sister Helen Hermann, SSJ

Posted at 08:58am
On behalf of the Seton Catholic family of faith, We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Trudy's family and friends. May she rest in peace and may the angels lead her to her heavenly home. We have the greatest admiration for her willingness to be a substitute teacher. That is such a gift to be available and willing to hand this challenging undertaking.

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