Born in Frackville, May 7, 1937, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Bowen Blackwell. She was a graduate of Frackville High School, class of 1955.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Lavelle. She was active in many of the church functions.
Gertrude was a homemaker, her greatest joy was raising her family of four children. Being attentive to all their needs and supported all their endeavors. She loves her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son-in-law Frank A. Mack; a sister; Nancy Blackwell and brother; Bob Blackwell.
Gertrude is survived by her husband of 65 years John Shpakovsky, Frackville; daughter, Tammy Sausser and husband Randy; son, John Shpakovsky and wife Susan, Cressona; son, Michael Shpakovsky and wife Christine, Frackville and daughter Lori Mack, Frackville; grandchildren; Derrick (Jacqueline) Mack, Briana (Allen) Yordy; Katie, Olivia and Sophia Shpakovsky; Moriah, Megan and Morgan Shpakovsky; Randy, Jr. and Tiana Sausser; great-grandchildren; Teagan, Magnolia and Autumn Yordy; nieces and nephews.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Help Net Ministries, 1005 Centre St., Ashland, PA 17921.