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Brenda Kathleen Trautman

January 26, 1944 - September 4, 2017

Obituary


Brenda Kathleen Trautman, 73, passed away in Tucson, AZ on September 4, 2017. She was born in Melrose Park, IL to humble beginnings, the daughter of Don and Della Jerrell. She spent her formative years in Tucson, AZ with her brother and two sisters.

In a fated encounter, she met the love of her life Dennis Trautman, in Colorado Springs and after a beautiful courtship they were married. Together they had 5 children. After brief stays in Peoria, IL and Billings, MT, they settled in Casper, WY in 1974. During her residence in...

Brenda Kathleen Trautman, 73, passed away in Tucson, AZ on September 4, 2017. She was born in Melrose Park, IL to humble beginnings, the daughter of Don and Della Jerrell. She spent her formative years in Tucson, AZ with her brother and two sisters.

In a fated encounter, she met the love of her life Dennis Trautman, in Colorado Springs and after a beautiful courtship they were married. Together they had 5 children. After brief stays in Peoria, IL and Billings, MT, they settled in Casper, WY in 1974. During her residence in Casper, Brenda was an active volunteer and helped found the local hospice center and was a faithful servant of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church. She also embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and opened her first business with friends.

She loved being a homemaker and she devoted her life to her family. Although she had a large family, she had even more love to give. During summers, she opened her home to the kids of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Her gourmet meals and pit crew style service prepared them for the long days of rehearsal, but it was a hug and her warm smile that made them feel like they were home. She put everyone before herself. She was compassionate, caring and knew no unkindness.

She loved her husband and children more than anything in the world and after the death of her husband in 1987, she moved the family to Tucson, AZ to be close to her siblings. Despite her heartbreak at the loss of her soul mate, she created a career and a warm and loving home there for her children.

In a leap of faith, she moved to West Yellowstone, MT and bought the Wood Knot jewelry and art store. This was the beginning of a new chapter in her life. She eventually sold the Wood Knot and opened Out West which is still owned by her daughter Angela. She met and married Tom Nesbitt in 1995 and they spent their time touring the country by RV and visiting family. Together they established the Tubac Deli that is now owned by her son Paul. They went their separate ways in later years.

She never slowed down in retirement. To improve tourism in West Yellowstone, she championed the creation of the Smoking Waters Mountain Man rendezvous which continues to this day. Her famous ham and bean soup was a highlight of the event. Always civic minded, Brenda and her team successfully lobbied the County to fund the installation of ornamental trees to beautify the downtown thoroughfare. She personally chose each species and placement of the trees that now shade the town's main street (and she verified the placement of each tree with her own tape measure!). She was a determined woman and with her can-do attitude there was no limit to what she could accomplish.

Brenda loved to make family meals, garden, quilt, crochet, and remodel and she was an expert at all of them. If you were lucky enough, you have several of her crocheted wash cloths. Her children are blessed for the life she gave us, the advice she provided along our journey, and the endless love she bestowed us every day of her life. She was lovely and we will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her son David, husband Dennis and her younger brother Donald. She is survived by her children Angela, Paul, Mark and Kathleen, grandchildren Dennis, Averey and Colter, and her sisters Elizabeth and Laura.

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate her life at St. Odelia's Catholic Church on September, 30 2017 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, AZ.