Sondra Gertrude Corday

August 23, 1923December 26, 2019

On December 26th, 2019, our dear friend, Sondra Gertrude Corday better known as Trudy to her loved ones, passed away after a brief illness. Heaven now has another loving angel watching over us.

Trudy was born on August 23, 1923 in Chicago, IL. Her parents were Carl Insel and Frieda Besser Insel. She was married to Walter Corday in 1950. They bought a house in San Jose, CA in the Naglee Park neighborhood. She was a close friend to many of her neighbors and could, for many years be seen walking her sweet, proud chihuahua, Lucky, who had a tiny body, but the soul of a lion. A gifted artist, Trudy's home was filled with many of her oil paintings, many of which were of the sea which she loved. A Christian woman who cared for and prayed for her friends and relatives.

Trudy was a devoted friend, always remembering birthdays and holidays with cards and gifts for her many dear friends. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten by her family members, friends and her loving caregivers, Lola Segovia and Abel Munoz.

Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Corday, her brother, William Insel, her sister, Anne Agusta Insel Petersen, a nephew, Robert Petersen, nieces, Beverly Petersen Harrison and Marie Insel Posdal. She is survived by nephews, Bill Petersen, Carl Insel, Dick Petersen, Bill Insel, Tom Petersen, nieces, Bernice Petersen, Madeline Insel Danzer and many great nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday January 21st, 2020 at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park 48800 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539. Chapel services at 12:00 p.m. and Urn placement at 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the reception area.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Urn Placement Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Refreshments following urn placement Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Sondra Gertrude Corday

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Thomas Petersen

January 18, 2020

Some of the best memories of my childhood were visiting Grandpa Carl and Aunt Trudy in California. She had a sparkling personality that made the visits even more fun.

Bernice Petersen

January 16, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Trudy’s relatives, friends and loving caretakers as you mourn her loss, as I do.
I treasure the many telephone conversations I had with Aunt Trudy, she was always such a delight to visit with. I was amazed at her memory, cheerfulness and love of life. Trudy had several television programs she loved to watch, she would share the funny things that really tickled her, she was such a joy to me. I will miss those telephone calls dearly.
Several years ago I visited her, we had such a wonderful time. I will cherish those memories.
Bernice Petersen, Trudy’s niece

Eva Leaños Perez

January 15, 2020

I remember Trudy as having that wonderful awe & wonder whenever Lola brought her here & showed her the garden. She wanted to go “thrift store shopping with me. Trudy loved people & never judged them. She loved life, beauty, most importantly, she loved God. She reminds me of my favorite bible verse. “And she will be like a tree planted by a stream that sends out its root by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought, and never fails to bear fruit” Jer. 17:7-8. Godspeed, Trudy.