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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gert K Trost, 91, of Creston, at her home on December 7 surrounded by loved ones.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held and announced in the Spring of 2022.
Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery of Cromwell.
Memorials may be directed to or to Gert’s family, for planting trees in her honor.
Online condolences may be given on the tribute wall at
Gert was born on a farm near Truro, IA on January 4, 1930 the youngest of seven children. The family then moved to Zion and later Orient.
She went to Orient school and was active in sports and music. Mom ‘lived and breathed’ girls’ basketball. She was president of her senior class and glee club. She was captain of her basketball team and very honored to be chosen homecoming queen as a junior in high school. She loved the outdoors, competing in sandlot ‘kittenball, shooting baskets and sleigh riding with the Orient kids and neighbors.
After graduation she lived near her brother’s family in San Francisco and worked at Hartford Insurance company. She later returned to Iowa and joined the workforce at GITS Bros. making many friends.
Gert met and married Gene Trost. She was happy being on the farm raising six kids, gardening, raising chickens and providing meals for extra farm help. She felt blessed especially to be a ‘stay at home’ Mom and being there as they got off the bus each day.
The family then moved to a farm near Cromwell where she attended her children’s school functions. These were among the most joyful years for Mom. Gert and family enjoyed ballgames, 4-H, water skiing at McKinley Lake and swimming at the Creston pool.
The family then moved to a farm south of Creston on Hi and Dry Road.
Gert and Gene later divorced. After the family was raised Gert went to CNA training and eventually obtained her RN while working at Ringgold County Hospital.
During this time, she rediscovered her love for dancing and singing with a country music band traveling to several communities in southern Iowa including the beloved Chicken Inn. She attended these ‘jams’ with her special friend and partner, Jack Rusco, and together they created many wonderful memories.
Besides dancing and singing, Gert also traveled, enjoyed cookouts with family, riding on RAGBRAI and playing corn hole. She loved bonfires, mowing her large yard and planting every tree and shrub in it. Other groups Gert enjoyed were bowling, TOPS, the YMCA and Union County Democrats. In recent years, she especially enjoyed her weekly card group at her friend, Joannie Bickett’s, home. Her grandchildren were never allowed to say they were bored at her house and she always encouraged them to find something to do and be creative with their time.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Kate Kitt, six brothers and sisters, partner, Jack Rusco, extended family member Jack Hamm and many other relatives and friends.
Survivors include Mark Trost, Cindy Waske, Rod Trost (Lori), Peggy Noel, Tammy Trost and Jon Trost (Laura), many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, dear friends and special member of extended family TJ (Tammy) Magers.
Our Mom was our world and will be dearly missed every day. Her laughter, her competitive spirit and can-do attitude will live on.

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