Gertrude M. Speakman, 96, of Taylorville, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2016. She was born on December 27, 1919 in Vandalia, Ill. to John and Bertha Schmid. Gertrude was married to Marion Speakman in June of 1947, he preceded her in death on May 28, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her son, Roger Dale Speakman on May 5, 1959, at the age four.
Mrs. Speakman is survived by her two sons: Clifford (Aldie) Speakman of Yuba City, Calif., and Joe (fiance Diane Casey) of Eagan, Minn., seven grandchildren: Richard (Karyn) Speakman, and Michael Speakman of Yuba City, Calif. and Rachel Karnick, Andrew Speakman, John (Nicole) Speakman, Benjamin (Siri) Speakman, and Nathanael (Shannon) Speakman, all from Minnesota, plus 12 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Hilda is 101, and her brother, Victor passed away in 2008 at age 89.
Gertrude and Marion owned Speakman Electronics for a number of years selling and serving Zenith and Admiral TVs. They sold the business in 1973 and enjoyed 20 years of retirement going to Florida for the winters. After Marion passed away in 1992, Joe would drive her down in November and take her back to Illinois in April until her last year, 2005. He referred to it as "Driving Miss Gertrude". Gertrude entered assisted living in 2009 at Taylorville Estates and then in 2014, entered Life's Journey.
Gertrude was best known for her love of church work and making pies for the Harvest Fall Dinners. People would put their orders in early for one of Gert's pies. She loved playing cards, dominos and board games. In the fall, she couldn't wait to get to Florida for the warm weather and be with the many, many friends she and dad had made in the park where they lived.
The funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thursday Dec. 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.