PEKIN ~ Trudy Lee Steging, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013 at her residence.
Born June 19, 1949 in Pekin to Jimmie E. and Jeanne (Bruns) Miner, she married Glen Carl Steging on March 11, 1978 in Bloomington. He survives.
Also surviving are four children, Stacy L. (John) Dressler-Brown of Bloomington, James C. “J.C.” Steging of Canton, Lori Van Alyne of Houston, TX and Matthew Steging of Hubbard, NE; sixteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Sandy L. Norris of Pekin and her brother, USN, LCDR (ret.) Steven M. (Tracie) Miner of Virginia Beach, VA.
Trudy was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents, Florence and Harold Bruns.
A lifelong lover of music, Trudy was a member of the Pekin High School Melody Maids and had the honor of singing at Radio City Music Hall for Senator Everett Dirksen in December of 1965. A lover of musicals, she starred in “Stop the World I Want to Get Off” in a Bloomington production in 1971 and in later life shared this passion with her daughter, family, and friends by attending musicals. Wicked was a favorite. In addition to her vocal talents she was also an accomplished pianist and enjoyed learning about music history as well. Her interests and studies also included art and architecture which led to a fulfilling career in interior design. Contractors and customers alike learned quickly of her vast abilities and keen eye for detail. Exactly as you have seen on television design shows, Trudy knew about wall finishes, flooring, fabrics, furniture styles, lighting fixtures, and literally every facet of how to accomplish the overall design for a room. Two of her employers, Leeway Tile and Keen Tile, gained from her expertise and there are many local establishments (e.g. Avanti’s in Pekin) where her infusions of style can be seen. If asked what influenced her most, Trudy always answered that she inherited the amazing talents of her grandmother, Florence Bruns.
In a word, Trudy was extravagant. One of the manifestations of this was her planning and production of holiday parties. She lived for the holidays as it was another reason to gather friends and family and share stories. In addition to the creativity of the decorations, Trudy also used these events to share her creativity in the kitchen. And, like everything else she set her mind to, the results were fantastic. Although many families bake during the holidays, when Trudy hosted her annual “baking day” gathering of family and friends it became a thing of legend. For example, when was the last time you made sugar cookie paint with egg whites and food coloring so you put stripes on Gingerbread men socks?
Her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews will remember her expressive nature from the wild and inventive art projects. With her husband she shared a love of antiquing. This led to numerous collections of glassware, spoons, antiques, and of course the thrill of seeking more.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Carole Hoke will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 or to Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, 8940 North Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615.
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