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Madelyn "Lee" Trotter, 91, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017 at The Cottages of Carmel with her loving family at her bedside. Lee was born in Meadville on April 29, 1926. Lee's parents, Dominico and Agata (Lamberti) Petruso, courageous Immigrants from Borgetto, Sicily, entered the United States through Ellis Island, New York in the early 1900's. As a child Lee was intelligent, hardworking and loved spending time with her five sisters and her older brother. Being a child of the Depression Era, Lee began working at a young age until she retired at 88 years old. As she grew, Lee was a bright, beautiful and independent woman of the 1940's. Lee met her future husband, charming and handsome Richard "Dick" Trotter at Allegheny College. Lee married Dick in 1946 and they were married for 69 wonderful years! It was a true love affair.
The Trotters and their family of four children began searching for the ideal retirement area after Major "Dick" Trotter retired from the Air Force in 1965. After a visit to the Monterey Peninsula they fell under its spell and moved there. Dick & Lee owned "Trotters Antiques" in Pacific Grove formerly known as "Trotter's London Tower". Trotter's Antiques was a successful family business that was proudly operated by Lee, with Dick's help for 50 years. Lee could often be heard to say, "I have never felt like I worked a day in my life because I love what I am doing." Lee and Dick's extensive Antiques were one of the largest compilations of fine quality collections in the Western United States. People came from all over the country to shop at Trotter's Antiques and especially to visit with Lee. In addition to Antiques, another passion of Lee's was preparing her family scrumptious meals and delicious Italian baked goods.
Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Trotter, their sons, Richard and Jeffrey and their daughter, Debra. Lee is survived by her son Terry Trotter and his wife Paula; her daughter, Cheryl Trotter and her partner Kate Spacher; grandchildren, Brett Trotter; Camron Robertson; Sean Robertson and his wife Jessica; Tom Mays and his wife Klairie; Joe Mays and his wife Roxanna; Chris Mays; Aaron Waldo and his wife Alison; great grandchildren, Jason Mays, Olivia Mays, Daphne Mays and Landon Waldo; sisters, Anne Diemer; Aggie Ritchey and her husband Tom.
There was a visitation at The Paul Mortuary, 390 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA on Friday, May 26. Lee's Celebration of Life took place on the same day at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel, CA.
In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to the Pacific Grove Rotary Foundation, Hospice of the Central Coast or Animal Friend's Rescue.
Published on June 1, 2017
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