Gertrude R. Petrino

  • Born: June 28, 1930
  • Died: January 10, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Gertrude "Trudy" Rose (, DeSandis) Petrino passed away at home surrounded by family and friends in Rockport, MA on January 10, 2020. She was 89 years of age. Trudy was born in Malden on June 28, 1930 to the late Joseph & Josephine (Lauro) DeSandis. She was raised in Everett, MA. Trudy lived in Melrose, MA for over 60 years. She also had a home in Pocasset, Ma from 1987-1993. She spent winters in Naples, Florida.

Trudy graduated from Everett High Class of 1948. She was a cheerleader and an active participant on her class reunion committee for more than 50 years. She also attended Malden Business School. Over the years Trudy worked at Automatic Radio in Melrose, Malden Hospital and as an accounting clerk at John Hancock Insurance Company. Trudy was a member of St. Mary's Church, Incarnation Church, and Most Blessed Sacrament Churches in Melrose and Wakefield. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Knights of Columbus in Melrose and later, an active member of the Red Hat Society. Trudy's hobbies also included shopping, bowling league, water aerobics, and traveling. She enjoyed many trips with her family to Europe, Japan, Hawaii, and the Orient Express. More recently, she traveled to New York City and New Bern, North Carolina to spend time with her grandchildren.

Trudy was married to her husband William D. "Bill" Petrino for 67 years. She was the loving mother of Mark A. Petrino & his wife Linda of Rockport. Cherished grandmother of Jessica & Michael Petrino. Caring sister of Josephine Balano & her late husband John of Glendora, CA, and the late Mary Grant & her late husband Kenneth.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 8:30-9:30AM. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or @


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Mark, Bill & Family,

I just learned of Trudy's passing. I am sorry for your loss.

Wishing you comfort and peace,

Sue Ann

Posted by Sue Ann Johnson - Litchfield, NH - Friend   March 31, 2020

So sorry to hear of Trudy's passing. She was a longtime friend of my mother Phyllis who passed away three years ago. I last saw Trudy and Billy for lunch in Bonita Springs about two years ago. She really missed my mother and the times they had together. She also loved her family and was a wonderful mother to Mark, her son. She will be missed.

Posted by John DiNapoli - Foxboro, MA - Friend   January 27, 2020

To the family of Trudy Petrino,

My name is Debbi Morris and I live in Bonita Springs Florida. I read the obituary in this morning's Naples Daily News. I saw the words "Rockport" and then the word "Everett". I couldn't help but read the rest. My mom was also a cheerleader at Everett High School and graduated in 1948. I have no doubt your Mom and my Mom would have known each other. Unfortunately, I lost my mom in 1996 but her name was Thelma Blackmore (married name Noseworthy). I don' t have access to my Mom's yearbook at the moment, but will in a few months when I visit my sister in Massachusetts. I look forward to seeing pictures of those cute cheerleaders back in the day and trust I will see your Mom and mine having a great time cheering on their team! I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know the memories you have of her will stay with you for a very long time. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't have a memory of my Mom and that will happen to you too. Cherish them forever. My email is just in case you happen to come across a photo in the months to come.

Posted by Debbi Morris - Bonita Springs,, FL   January 26, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   January 22, 2020

Sending our deepest condolences, Bill and family. We have many fond memories of Trudy. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Patti Lucci - Hope, RI - Family Friend   January 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss Bill! She will be missed.

Posted by Bill Huntress - melrose, MA - Acquaintance   January 17, 2020

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