Trudelle, Claude Joseph, a 54 year resident of Westchester, CA, passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Claude is survived by his loving wife Carol to whom he was married to for 58 years; son, Paul Trudelle of Portola Valley, CA; daughter, Terie Geary of Arlington, MA; and seven grandchildren. Claude had served in the Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a dedicated Science and French teacher and a Guidance Counselor for 32 years. The Funeral Mass will be held at Visitation Church in Los Angeles on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite educational institution.

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  1. Paul, I am very sorry for your loss. I am not sure you will even remember me, but we grew up in the same neighborhood in Westchester. My family lived on Dehaviland (sp?) and then on 88th. We played Little League baseball together (my first team, the Padres in 1967 with Danny Mueller as our coach) and I believe you were in my brother Steve’s class in school at Visitation (I was 3 years behind). I do not normally read the obituaries in the newspaper but an article I was reading ended on the obituary page and I saw your last name there. My best to your family. We lost my mom and dad the last 2 years, just one year apart. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. Jeff Mancino

  2. “My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man. I’m just a living legacy to the leader of the band.” Thanks dad for sharing your love of music and joy for living. Looking forward to singing harmonies with you in heaven. Love, Paul

  3. No one helped my education more than Mr. Trudelle. My time at Orville Wright was not the most pleasant. I was struggling at school, and it was my faithful guidence counselor, who realized I should be in honors classes, because I was too bored in regular classes. My parents were grateful and I excelled in school following that move. He made a difference in my life and many others I am sure. I often bumped into in Westchester, long after I graduated in 1978, and he still remembered me, and called me by name. I am blessed and grateful to have had an opportunity to know this man. May many good memories fill your void, and know that many prayers are being said on your behalf.

  4. I just today found out that my FAVORITE teacher from Orville Wright Jr. High had passed away. My condolences to the family.

  5. The best teacher . He did an experiment blowing air into flour under a bowl, then lighting it. It ignited and blew the bowl up in the air. In 1974 I was walking into a grain mill in South Texas. A guy was just fixing to light a cigarette. I remembered the experiment and stoped him. In my book he was the best.

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