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Gertrude Grace "Trudy" Costea

September 7, 1938May 8, 2020

“Being a Mom is the hardest job you will ever have and one you can never retire from. But if you do a good job, it pays the highest dividends”. -Trudy Costea

Perhaps it was because she lost her own mother at such a young age, but our mother never wanted to be anything other than “Mom”. She flirted with being a school teacher, but then she met Dad and all her dreams started coming true. She felt forever blessed to have birthed and raised five children! We are the blessed ones because our mother loved us, taught us, lectured us, forgave us and allowed us to learn from our mistakes with no judgement. When we married, she embraced our spouses as her own. Her love was a constant in our lives.

That is why with heavy hearts, we grieve the passing of the Best Mother In the Whole World! Mom was born, Gertrude Grace Docherty, in Windsor, Ontario, on September 7, 1938. She died peacefully, surrounded in love, on May 8, 2020, at the age of 81 after a brave, long journey with Alzheimer’s.

She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 62 years, George. He was and will be her Prince Charming for eternity. She will be forever loved by her 10 “children”, Carol Zack (Steve), Patricia ‘Tish’Mailloux (Kevin), Catherine Weselak (Mark), Greg Costea (Rosalynn) and Mary Ellen Costea (Stephanie). As she loved her children, Mom loved her grandchildren with all her heart, and they cherished their “Gramma”. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; Matthew (Sheila), Michael (Erica) and Mitchell Mailloux, Amanda Roselle (Mark), and Adam Zack (Emily), Grace and Owen Weselak, Jennifer and Joseph Costea, Ethan and Dylan Costea-Shreve. Great grandchildren Mia, Sylas and Alessia.

She is predeceased by her parents Jack Docherty (1979), Gertrude “Tiny” (Webster) (1945) and Bev Docherty (1985). She leaves behind her sister Patricia “Patty” Smith (Stan, 2018), her brothers John (Myra) and Tom (Karen) Docherty. She was a devoted Godmother to Janice Holland (Costea) Thom, Ken and Mary Ann Costea, and a loving Aunt to 20 nieces and nephews.

To our friends, Mom was known as “Mrs. C” and she loved all of you. One of her greatest joys was having a house full of people which meant a house full of laughter. Mom always said she was the “funny one” in the family and we let her believe that. Mom’s smile, laughter and enthusiasm for life is what made our little house a real home. We will miss that the most.

Mom lived the last years of her life at The Villages of St.Clair. We would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the entire Gosfield Neighborhood Team who always cared for Mom with love, dignity and a sense of humor. These ‘angels on earth’ deserve our utmost respect, and Mom would want us to acknowledge them. Thank You!

We appreciate your kind words of sympathy in this difficult time. A celebration of our Mom’s life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Trudy’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Be kind to each other, love with your whole heart and cherish your family; lessons we have learned from our incredible Mom. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed.


  • A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date


Gertrude Grace "Trudy" Costea

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Donna Danelon

May 15, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Costea family from Donna, Ross and Mike Kavanaugh. There are so many memories from our childhood as our families spent time together. Trudy was the one who pointed out that toilet paper should be hung so the paper pulls from the top :) and to this day I think of her every time I do! Our family is forever grateful for all the visits George and Trudy made to Hospice to visit our mother Rose a few years ago. During those visits, despite the Alzheimers, there was a familiarity in her eyes and we knew she recognized there was a history there. George, you have certainly been her angel for many years,.....not many could have endured what you did with such love and patience. Noe, you all have an angel looking over you from above. May her memories and love remain in your hearts forever. Donna, Ross and Mike

Charlanne Russell

May 13, 2020

Carol, Steve and Family,
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. You wrote a lovely tribute to "The best mom in the world". Hugs from Charlanne Russell

Brenda Bellaire (Tokar)

May 13, 2020

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Costea family during your time of loss. "Aunty" Trudy was always a lovely lady to us when we were kids and will be remembered fondly by our entire family. Wishing you all comfort and peace during this difficult time. May her memory be eternal. Rev Johnny (2000), Eve (2018), Bruce (2019), Blaine and Brenda (Tokar) Bellaire

John Earl Murphy

May 13, 2020

George and family, on behalf of the Murphy's especially Aunt Joan our deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. The 3 Docherty children were special to mom and the rest of the Websters. No better example of family love and support, it takes a village!Her love and kindness is evident in all of you , very fortunate to have her as a mom and wife.
Please know that we are with you in spirit and prayers hopefully we'll be together soon.
Tough day today, the memories are all that matter, our love to you all.

Shawn &Rosanne Boutette

May 13, 2020

To our friends the Costea family.
The greatest gift parents give, is the gift of parenting. As our parents love so shall we. This is evident in all you believe and during our lives we hopefully shared these core values among our selves and with our children. Your mother and father welcomed all who crossed there path and because of that we feel your sorrow. Though we have not kept in close touch know that we are friends and grieve with you. Our parents are role models of who we've become. I think they did great!!
With all our love Shawn and Rosanne

Barbara Pastorius

May 13, 2020

Tish and family. Our hearts also grieve for the loss of your MOM.
I was fortunate to meet her a couple of times and what a spirit she was.

I know the closeness of your family and I think of you often as one special person. Seems your MOM was also very special.
Know there are old friends feeling love for you and your family today and always

Jeff Pancheshan

May 12, 2020

Dear George, Greg & Roz, and Tom & Karen,

I am very sorry for your loss, and wish we could be together in our grief. When I knew Trudy, many years ago, she was a fun, funny, happy, vibrant and beautiful woman. I know that you will treasure those memories, and continue to manifest the many ways she helped shape you into the precious people you are today. Love you.

Carmen Branchflower

May 12, 2020

George and Family

Sorry for your loss. Our families have had lots of good times together, and these are memories that we will cherish. She will be truly missed. Know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Jim and Carmen Branchflower

Tom Drake

May 12, 2020

Carol and Family.. My Deepest Sympathy, Saddened to read of the loss of your "Mom" I remember your Mom and (Dad) too as they were always there to cheer you on back in the DM days. Sounds like she raised a good team at home too. You were Blessed with a Great Mom.
Cherish those memories of her forever.. .... tom drake

Pearl Tylee

May 12, 2020


Always there to help, to comfort, to love.

Reassuring others with her inner strength, her kind words, and intelligence.

Trudy was a special person -- a treasure.

Thank-you for being on the planet.

Someday, i'll meet you on the other side -- I'll just look for the brightest star.

Love you, Forever in our hearts.



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