Obituaries

Obituaries

Gertrude "Trudie" Petr 1919 - 2007 Lawrence

Visitation services for Gertrude "Trudie" Petr, 88, Lawrence, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of David and Mary Beth Petr, 1617 Hillcrest Road in Lawrence. Burial will be in Denbigh, Ontario, Canada.Mrs. Petr died Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, in Lawrence.She was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Denbigh, the daughter of the Rev. Christian F. and Elsa Fritsch Christiansen. She received a bachelor's degree from Wilson College and a master's degree from Wellesley College.Mrs. Petr taught biological sciences at Highland Park High School in Topeka for many years and retired in 1981. She was a Red Carpet volunteer at the Topeka Public Library and a docent for the Topeka Zoo.She married Winzer J. "Jim" Petr in 1944 in New York City. He preceded her in death.Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Hupp, Topeka; three sons, Jim Petr, Fort Worth, Texas, and Chris and David Petr, both of Lawrence; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to the Topeka Zoological Park, 635 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606.