In Memory of

Erika

L.

Trudeau

(Belli)

Obituary for Erika L. Trudeau (Belli)

Erika Louise Trudeau (Belli) died Monday April 3, 2023. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey September 10,1939. She grew up in Istanbul and went to a French Catholic school. After graduating from a Germanhigh school in 1958, she started working for Lufthansa Airlines. In 1960, she met Laurence Trudeau, a USmilitary Air Force officer, who would become her husband on April 8, 1961. After her wedding Erikamoved with her husband to the United States and started a family eventually having three sons and adaughter (Chris, Joel, Eric and Danielle). She lived in many different states in the Midwest and EasternUnited States eventually settling in Essex Jct, VT where Erika got involved with The League of WomenVoters and the Welcome Wagon. She and her family moved to an old farmhouse in Colchester in 1973.There, with a small family farm, she followed down the organic path years before it was popular.

She loved traveling and would make many visits back to Turkey and European destinations over the next 60 years. Often she traveled solo visiting her Mom and Dad and relatives across Europe. Many trips she was accompanied by her husband, sons and daughter. She was most energized and excited when her trips included her family. Erika’s European background exposed her to so many nationalities and enabled her to speak in 5 languages (German, Turkish, English, Greek, and French). This was always hard on the children since they would always have to learn another language as Mom and Dad switched at will with secret conversations not meant for them.

After settling down in Colchester, Erika worked for the Town Library where she was always enthusiastic about helping patrons find some piece of information through books. She remained at the library for over 30 years, always remarking that she learned as much as the patrons did when the search began. Erika was an avid walker and was well known for making the 1 mile walk to the library no matter the weather. Many knew Erika and Larry from the walks they would go on up and down East Road. Once Fitbits came out she was steady everyday making sure she got her 10,000 steps in, sometimes going for a walk in the dark just to achieve the day's mark.

Erika was predeceased by her father and mother, Anton Belli and Lisa Belli (Klein). She is survived by her husband Laurence Trudeau, and her children Christian and Mary (Collins), Joel and Ann (Harmer), Eric and Karen (Wadehul) and Danielle and David (Vierling). She has 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and a half-sister, Marie Louise Belli.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, Essex Junction, VT with a luncheon to follow at the Holy Family Hall.