- presented at the pohar on the day of Trude Check-Tuhyís funeral by her
brother, Thomas, Thursday, December 14, 2006.
Trudy was the youngest of four children in our
family. Our home was a home of song. Our mother often sang
spontaneously during the day and some of it must have rubbed off on Trude,
because, at age 2, she sang a Slovak folk song to a parish community group.
From this early seed, the gift of her voice and music was scrubbed and polished
by formal training. She majored in music at Misericordia College, then continued
her education thereafter until she was well versed in classical music, opera,
choral work and proficient to sing in seven languages.
This was her way to honor her culture, religious background and her community.
She taught music in Wyoming Valley West schools, took part in community musical
productions, conducted choirs and chorales to honor and glorify God as she did
partake in the life of her community.
She was talented, gifted, creative, inquisitive and detail oriented. She
had an innate sense of knowing when something was right and correct, and when it
wasnít, she suffered until it was made right and correct. She was direct
and occasionally out spoken.
She was not willful or mean-spirited. When her creative nature felt
something was not right.....she made no bones about trying to make it right.
She cultivated and developed relationships. Her talent opened many doors
for her and she was not afraid to take chances by reaching out with love,
commitment and genuine participation and involvement.
Her generosity reached out to individuals, organizations, and to the Lord. She
believed in tithing. There is a story we tell in our family about her
We were having a family gathering at our cabin in the Poconos and our two
grandchildren, Tommy, age 8 and Adam, age 10, were looking out the front window
in anticipation of who was coming. Suddenly, one shouted to the other,
"Look, thereís Aunt Trude... weíre gonna get money!"
She reached out to many with her multi-gifted personality, enriching the liturgy
of her own faith by the choral work of appropriate hymns and bringing a
heightened glory to God by that participation. Her spirituality of reading
scripture brought her even closer to the Lord.
With this same zeal and commitment, she shared her gift with a number of church
choirs in Wyoming Valley, not of her denomination.
Also, what gave her much satisfaction was her participation with her husband
Philip in the Jewish choir of the Bínai Bírith synagogue. She shared
with us how she particularly loved the services on Yom Kippur where we asked
forgiveness of our fellow man for any transgressions before we ask for Godís
Early in her career she spent a summer in missionary work in Jamaica teaching
orphaned girls music. At the end of her mission, the choral group she
taught and trained was able to give a public concert of Jamaican songs.
Through her many gifts, she was truly a modern day disciple of Ecumenism,
reaching out to bring a cooperative spirit of love to others. She lived it. She
When Trude walked into a room, she had a presence....a spark....that livened
things up....she made things happen.
What perhaps gave her the most satisfaction was her work with the Slovak
Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. By her participation over
the years she was able to form a chorus that was proficient enough to record a
number of CDís and tapes of folk, cultural and religious music. These
continue to endure as a visible sign of how this gift and talent reached out to
be a source of enrichment to many. She also made time to promote the publishing
of a book entitled "Slovak Folk Customs and Traditions.
Trude left us a legacy by simply living who she was as a person, including her
imperfections, by sharing generously her gifts and respect of where we came
from, each one of us can find in our lives expressions to live fruitfully in our
community and to honor and glorify God in our lives.
She has enriched our lives....because for a period of time....she was in it with
In finality, I would like to share a verse from one of Trudeís favorite hymns
that has a poetic eternal essence.
idem k Tebe dnieska
Iím going to you today
vola tva laska
love has called me to you today
idem k Tebe
Iím going to you
idem prave jak som
Iím going just as I am
jak som idem k Tebe
as I am Iím going to you
idem k Tebe
Iím going to you