Gertrude “Trudy” Makowski will be remembered for her kindness and sense of humor, niece Vivian Makowski Dick said.
“She could see the humor in everything,” her niece said. “People were drawn to her. She was extremely caring.”
Born and raised in East Chicago, where she attended St. Stanislaus School, Makowski graduated in 1941 as salutatorian from Catholic Central High School (later Bishop Noll Institute). Starting her senior year, Makowski worked for the school 29 years.
“She had so much love for that school,” Dick said.
Later, Makowski worked for 21 years at South Suburban College as assistant to the registrar. Her boss, Bill Hafer, said Makowski was recorder/registrar overseeing the transcripts and grade reports of more than 10,000 students during her tenure.
“She was always very positive and well organized,” Hafer said. “She always had a smile in her voice. She used to love to laugh.”
An avid sports fan, Makowski followed the White Sox and Notre Dame closely. She also enjoyed playing cards and getting together with friends and family.
Makowski’s faith was central to her life. She prayed the rosary and collected angels.
“She always said, ‘God has been so very good to me,’” Dick said. “She loved angels. She always felt the angels were looking down on her.”
After losing her vision in one eye in 1979 from a brain tumor, Makowski never let it stop her from living a full life, her niece said.
Makowski spent the past 12 years at the Albertine Home on Bishop Noll’s campus, where she could see the students coming and going.
“She loved being there,” Dick said.
Dick said she will miss talking to her aunt on the phone.
“She would always give good common sense advice,” she said. “She was like a big older sister to me.”