Gertrud Harmon


Gertrud "Trude" Harmon, 84, of Defiance, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, after a brief illness.

She was born April 28, 1928 in Augsburg, Germany, to the late Anton and Katarina (Mair) Handschuh. In 1954, she immigrated to the United States and married Norman Harmon, who she met when he was stationed in Germany. He preceded her in death in 2002. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and had visited numerous states and had been abroad several times. Norm gave her a pet name of "Bunny" upon meeting her, and she came to be called that by her new family for the next 58 years. In Defiance, she had been employed at Woolworth Co., Charles Co., Schiff's Shoes and Bryan Custom Plastics in Bryan, Ohio. She is also remembered as working at Stone's market on the northside hill many years ago.

Surviving in Defiance is her cousin, James (Deborah) Harmon; and a nephew and nieces in Germany. Trude was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters in Germany.

There will be no visitation. Memorial services for Gertrud "Trude" Harmon will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church, 20287 Ohio 18, Defiance. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan.

The family wishes to thank her church family for their faithfulness and thoughtfulness during Trude's recent illness. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at

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  • I see I was listed as Anonymous but my name is Pat Christy.

  • I was married to her husband's brother and she had shut me out of her life a year ago but I still feel I should have been mentioned in her obituary. I tried many times over the past year to talk to her and see her but she did not want to see me. She was a very unhappy person. She shunned my sons, too. I see her other cousin was not mentioned in her obituary, Tom Harmon.