Gertrude C. Klingensmith, 101, of Butler passed away \npeacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at her home \nat New Haven Court. She was a proud Mother, \nGrandmother, Great-Grandmother, as well as a friend \nto many.\n\n\n\n\nBorn July 5, 1921, in \nPittsburgh, PA, she was one of nine children of \nparents Stanley John Janicki and Laura (Kempenski) \nJanicki. Her family moved to Butler when Gertrude \nwas 5 years old, which remained her home for the \nrest of her 101 years.\n\n\n \n\n\n\nGertrude had an endless amount of energy and loved \nto work. She enjoyed a 10-year stint in food care at \nthe Butler VA Hospital, as well as another 10-year \ncareer as a Real Estate Agent. Following that, \nGertrude and husband, Jack, built and operated The \nHomestead Restaurant in Prospect, PA. She truly \nloved the restaurant business and successfully \ncarried that out for another 10 years. \n\n\n \n\n\n\n\nGertrude was a faithful \nattendee of Meridian United Presbyterian Church for \nmany years and was truly loved by many there. She \nalways occupied the back row aisle seat so that she \nwas able to greet everyone as they walked in. \nGertrude was also a ballroom dancer, golfer, as well \nas a proud and amazing mother to her 4 children.\nShe was a popular figure in her hometown of \nButler and will be sorely missed by many.\n\n\n\nGertrude is survived by a son, Jack Klingensmith, as \nwell as a daughter Patricia Nikolauyk, both of \nButler. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, as \nwell as several great-grandchildren. \n\n\n\nShe was preceded in death by her beloved husband, \nJack W. Klingensmith, who passed in 2003; two \ndaughters, Jeannette Hartos of Monroeville, PA, and \nSandra Missroon of Atlanta, GA; as well as two \ngrandchildren.\n\n\n\nA service celebrating the life of Gertrude \nKlingensmith will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May \n7, 2023, at Meridian United Presbyterian Church with \nPastor Steve Franklin, officiating. A \nluncheon/dinner will be held following the service.\n\n\n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made in \nGertrude's memory to Meridian United Presbyterian \nChurch, 4150 Highland Avenue, Meridian, PA 16001.\n\n\nThe family is very grateful and would like to thank \nthe staff of New Haven Court in Butler, PA for their \namazing care and support for Gertrude in her final \nmonths.