Gertrude Trudy Hopkinson Kanter

July 19, 1932January 6, 2013

Gertrude “Trudy” Kanter

Yarmouth – Gertrude (Trudy) Ellen Kanter, 80, of Cumberland Foreside, died on January 6, 2013. She was born on July 19, 1932 in Winthrop, ME a daughter of Alfred and Mary Jane Elizabeth (Pettengill) Hopkinson. She was educated in local schools and graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1950. She became an excellent bridge and cribbage player, enjoyed knitting any number of things for her family (especially her grandchildren for whom she had a great love) and homemaker.

Through the years Trudy worked in various administration functions with different companies. After her two daughters were grown and on their own, her life took on a more adventurous turn when she was invited by her brother to come to Alaska. She found work on the Alaska Pipeline as a Quality Control Clerk and while on an assignment to an outlying camp she met field engineer, Gary Kanter. The rest is history – 35 years’ worth with 18 moves to places such as Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, Scotland and England to name a few.

Trudy had an easy and engaging way that allowed her to make friends in any country or culture they found themselves. She invited people into her life and them into theirs. Her warmth and gorgeous smile made her a natural ambassador as a beautiful American. She gave of her time helping orphan girls with cleft palates in China. This was especially rewarding and meaningful. Her caring for others did not stop at her passing for she has donated a part of herself to the research and cure for other Alzheimer victims.

Trudy is survived by her devoted husband Gary Kanter of Cumberland Foreside; her daughters: Karen Tomah of Yarmouth and Kim Ramharter and her husband Nick of Portland; her five grandchildren: Gracey, Kyle, Makala, Joshua and Jordan; her great-grandson Aksel and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her grandson Jessie who died in 2001, her mother who died when she was four, her father and two brothers: Nick and Larry.

A celebration of Trudy’s life will be held later this summer. Please visit to view a video collage of Trudy’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.


  • Celebration of Life - summer 2013

Gertrude Trudy Hopkinson Kanter

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April 17, 2013

Dear Gary and Family,
We just received the notice of Trudi's passing. This blessing for her means heartache for those dearest to her. We have thought of you often through these years, and hope that everyone remembers the love and joy that Trudi brought to each of us. With best regards and love, Linda and Kirk Hastain, Anchaorage, Alaska

Dan & Julieann Overall

March 29, 2013

Dear Gary and Family,
We just received the Chappell paper and read the story of Trudy's life. She was a wonderful lady. We were so sorry to hear of her passing and keep you in our thoughts. Our deepest sympathy,

Lloyd Johnson

March 22, 2013

Saw in the Chappell paper about your wife passing away, so I just had to write and send you my Sympathy. I have never met her, but it sounds like she was a great woman. I am sure you will miss her.

February 5, 2013

Gary, Karen, Kim, Ruby and all the grandchildren,
I felt like a sister to Trudy. We developed our friendship in Alaska and it has endured to this day. I miss my friend but am so glad she was in my life. Who but Trudy would have gone to Paris with me??

I know she is in a better place and with her beloved Jessie, Nick and all the friends that left before her. You people had a winner.

Love, Mary Fitz-Sherman

Penny Samer

February 5, 2013

"Dear Gary, Karen, Kim and Family, Watching the Memorial Video brought back such happy memories of Trudy and her wonderful laughter and sense of humor. She is greatly missed." Love Penny

Annie Keith

January 19, 2013

Dear Gary, Karen, Kim and families,
I was recently thinking of Trudy as I came across some photos of the time we spent together in England when my sister Mary and I lived in there and Trudy and Gary took care of us and were our US home connection. As always Trudy was kind, caring, loving and FUN. I'm not sure what we would have done without her. I have a photo to post of Trudy and Gary at my wedding.....of course two of our favorite guests. Our whole family (the fishers) are thinking of you and know that Trudy has reunited with old friend Deano up in heaven. Love and sympathy, Annie Fisher Keith

Jim and Pat Carlson

January 16, 2013

Gary, Karen, & Kim, We want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. We know the last few years have been very difficult for your family. Trudy was a great friend and we have very fond memories of our travel time together and especially Trudy's great storytelling! We will miss her very much.

Jessica Hall

January 16, 2013

my deepest sympathies to you and your family. It was a great honor to get to know trudy and her family. She was a sweet funny lady and loved seeing her smile everyday. my heart goes out to you gary, kim, karen, and her grandchildren and greatgrand child.

Ryan Hopkinson

January 14, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Gary and Trudy's surviving family members. For a period of time I lived with Gary and Trudy in Anchorage, Alaska. Not only is Trudy my closest aunt, but for that time she was possibly my best friend.

Trudy and I have lead separte lives for years, but I will always remember her lovingly. I used to love to make her laugh (snort). Though saddened by her death, I know she is loving being with family members in heaven, not the least of whom are my father and her grandson.

January 14, 2013

Gary and family,

Mom, Mary and I were so sad to hear that Trudy passed. We had such lovely times with lots of laughs at your home during the holidays. My mom, Betty, loved visiting with Trudy and reminiescing about their childhood years together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Betsy Maxwell
South Portland