Gertrude Hogan

August 22, 1920October 10, 2020
Obituary of Gertrude Hogan
Gertrude “Trudy” LeMieux Hogan, aged 100 years, Birmingham, Alabama, passed October 10, 2020 after a brief illness. Trudy was born in August 1920, in New Orleans, LA, to Henri and Justine LeMieux, the 4th of 9 children. As a child her family moved to Laurel, MS, where she and her brothers and sisters attended public schools. She went to Mississippi State College for Women at the age of 17, the first of her family to go to college, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1940. With WWII industries building up in the Birmingham area, Trudy began work with Dupont Industries in Childersburg in 1941 as a chemist, then later went to work for the state health department. She met her husband, Samuel Hogan, during the war, when they both lived in a Southside apartment building where she always fondly recalled the young people there playing big band music and dancing in the halls day and night. She and Sam married as the war was ending on August 19, 1945, in New Orleans. After staying home with her growing family for many years, Trudy returned to the workplace as a science teacher for St. Barnabas School in East Lake in 1956. She remained a beloved teacher at the school until her retirement in 1982. Regarding her many years as a schoolteacher, she said, “I always said I would never teach school, but when I did I found out I loved it! You never know what God has in store for you.” A lifelong devout Catholic, Trudy attended services at St. Barnabas Church in East Lake, then St. Mark’s on Highway 119 when she moved to the Greystone area after the death of her husband. In retirement, she was an avid bridge player who met for weekly games with her many friends, and she loved to play cards with her sisters at yearly family gatherings at Orange Beach as well. Trudy also loved to travel with her sister Genevieve (Gen) and her sisters-in-law, Dee Dee Hogan and Mary Ann Kilgore and brother-in-law, Bob Castor. When she moved to assisted living, she was delighted that her former sister-in-law Martha Cameron was a fellow resident. Her laughter and sense of fun were a source of joy to all who knew her. She is survived by her 6 children, Ann (Jim) Watts of Columbia, SC, Terry (Barbara) Hogan, Karen (Larry) Duncan, Elizabeth (Chuck) Callans, Kay (Hugh) Smith, and Kevin Hogan of Birmingham, as well as her 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Katie (Jason) Hugues, Michael (Hope) Watts, Mary (Jerry) Breazeale, Ted (Tiffany) Watts, Drew (Emma) Duncan, Will (Ashley) Callans, Paul Duncan, Sean (Katy) Hogan, Thomas (Taylor) Callans, Henry Smith, and 14 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, her parents and her 8 siblings, Catherine Lucia, Louis LeMieux, Genevieve Berthiaume, Ferdinand LeMieux, Pierre LeMieux, Jay Castor, Fred LeMieux, and Rusty Stephan. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Trudy’s skilled nursing caregivers (KJ’s Elderly Care LLC) and hospice staff (Comfort Care Hospice) for their kindness and care for her in her last days. Memorial services will be private in observance of current health restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her memory to Catholic Charities USA.

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