Obituary- Trudy Gersick
A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place May 23 for longtime Lake Tahoe resident Trudy Gersick, who died May 13, 2001, at Barton Memorial Hospital, following a long courageous battle against the effects of a stroke. She was 89.
Mrs. Gersick was born Jan. 11, 1912, at Los Angeles, Calif., and raised in Stockton, Calif. She and Rudy Gersick met and married in 1946 at Oakland, Calif. In 1952 they purchased Bijou Park Village Inn, later known as the Ski Run Lodge and now the location of the Ski Run Shopping Center and moved to Lake Tahoe with their teenage children, Sharon and Bill. One winter night when Rudy was out to sea earning enough to pay the mortgage, Trudy had a conversation with Chris and Dotty Kuraisa about his desire to build a ski resort. When Rudy returned she mentioned the conversation and they became one of the original developers of Heavenly Ski Resort.
Mrs. Gersick loved her life at Lake Tahoe. She swam its waters in November, skied its mountains in the fiercest storms, water skied from shore to shore, played thousands of games of tennis, basked in the glorious sunshine and enjoyed her many friends.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Rudy Gersick of Zephyr Cove; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Marva Edwards of Placerville, Calif.; daughter, Sharon Doughty of Carmichael, Calif.; and grandchildren, Jody Gray of Folsom, Calif., Terry Edwards of Hayward, Calif., Tracy Roberts of Sacramento, Calif., Susie Doughty of Ogden, Utah, and Curt Doughty of Seattle, Wash.; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life memorial service May 23. Everyone should assemble at the base of the Heavenly Tram at 11:30 a.m. for transport. Services will take place at noon at the top of the tram.
Donations in Mrs. Gersick’s memory may be made to Barton Memorial Hospital Hospice of the Lake, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 500, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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