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Gertrude “Trudy” Reghitto
Long time 29 Palms resident Gertrude “Trudy” Reghitto passed through the door of this life into the doorway of eternal life to meet her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. A strongly spiritual person, she died on Sunday the day of the Lord June 27th, 2010 at the age of 90 from age related causes.

Trudy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 8th, 1919 to her parents Ross and Mary Robinette. She spent much of her early
life in Pittsburgh then to Chicago where she was truly a caring, loving, and protective older sister to her younger brother Robert. She would always be there for him, if needed, all her life. As time passed, she met and married Sam Papagianis. The last name Papagianis was later changed to Janis. After World War 2 was over, they moved to Burbank and later to North Hollywood with two sons Tom and Sam in tow.

Mom worked at Lockheed Aircraft then for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Her sewing talents were evident in the clothes she made for herself and her children, even costumes for Halloween, including a colorful and quite memorable pirate outfit.

Trudy first came to 29 Palms in the early 1950’s when her father and mother built a home on their 5 acre homestead at the east end of Baseline Road. When her first marriage ended, she ultimately met Charles “Chuck” Reghitto who was a devoted family man. In 1956 they married and that year the family moved from North Hollywood to 29 Palms residing on Cottonwood Drive near the 29 Palms Oasis. She worked part time for a doctor’s office while her husband worked as produce manager in the old 29 Palms Supermarket, now a storage business. They also became part owners of the A&W Root Beer Stand. With a sense of humor she would tell the “older” car hops to “take it easy, Tom’s only 16”. That location is now the Josh Café. Another business venture was the Hilltop Café on Adobe Road across from, what was then, Ince Hospital. She and Chuck were always busy.

She eventually gravitated to full time work as a valued medical office manager for many years the last with Dr. Rene Guzman who treated her as a treasure with respect and dignity. She had a wonderful and close relationship with Physician’s Assistant John Hewitt who mom adored. John was always there to treat mother and advise her as needed for over 20 years.

Trudy loved the outdoors, and especially the desert warmth. Family picnics were common place on her parent’s 5-acre’s homestead and in the Joshua Tree National Monument. She loved to bowl and golf was so special saying “I would play 18 holes and then play another 9”. She was a devoted wife. Chuck always called her “Doll”. She was loved by everyone whose life she touched. With a tender spirit and soul, here kindness was always apparent. She didn’t have time to complain or become angry. Her children were everything and she was a patient and loving parent. She taught them to sew a button on a shirt, to cook, iron clothes, and clean a house. Her home was always spotless, no sand in her home thank you! Even with her full time work, her dinner was always served around 6 o’clock. The family of four would sit down, say Grace, and while eating, discuss everyone’s daily activities.

In 1975 with their sons gone, she moved with Chuck to Granite Lane after their home was built. It was the first home on the block and Trudy became the matriarch of the neighborhood. Sitting outside on her driveway with neighbors during the early summer evening hours was a daily ritual.

During the day she would take time to read her mother’s worn and tattered Bible. Throughout her life she loved to read, from her Bible, to Reader’s Digest, 18th Century Romance novels, and her adored Westerns. Her television favorites were Mash, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and the Western Channel with Gene Autry.

Trudy Reghitto has left this world, but she left her mark on the people and the parts of the world she touched. She left it a better place. Her gifts include a legacy of love, devotion, hard work, and sense of humor to her family and friends. She will be missed, but her care, concern, and considerate thoughtful style will last forever in the celebration of her life.

She was preceded in death by both her parents in 1969, Chuck in 1987, and her brother Robert in 2002. She is survived by sons Tom of Palm Desert and Sam of La Quinta, 3 grandson; Tom Jr. of Rocklin CA, Sam of Burnet, TX, and Ken of Stockton, CA along with 4 great grandchildren; Jason, Gavin, Brynn, and Callum.

A historical ceremony of her life in pictures will be held at Wiefels Chapel 29 Palms Highway in 29 Palms Saturday July 17th from Noon to 4pm. You are invited to celebrate this extraordinary woman’s time.

Private Internment will be at the 29 Palms Cemetery joining her beloved mother, father, and brother. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the 29 Palms Historical Society Museum, National Park Drive, 29 Palms, CA 92277 (760) 367-2366.