Obituary: Trudi Peet |

Obituary: Trudi Peet

April 23, 1935 – April 7, 2013

A true Aspen spirit was lost on April 7, 2013 when Trudi Peet died at her winter home in Tucson, Arizona after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her devoted husband, Gerry Knapp and her beloved dogs.

Born in St Paul, Minnesota, Trudi from an early age showed her independent spirit attending Radcliff College and spending her summers in Vienna, Austria studying art with Oscar Kokoschka. In the 1950’s she came to Aspen with her family and like so many other visitors, decided Aspen was meant for her and stayed. Trudi lead a very full life on her own terms. Whatever she decided to do she did with incredible passion, humor and grace. She had a wry sense of humor and could be counted on to point out the absurd. She was one of a kind.

An accomplished skier, a nationally known equestrian and artist of multiple medias, she was a mentor, teacher and inspiration to everyone she met. Some of the happiest moments of her life were competing in the 1972 Dressage Olympic Trials on her horse Bit O’Shine, teaching art to locals and telling great stories. Trudi was never without her drawing tools or her dogs!

She was preceded in death by her sister Charlotte Peet Ferguson and parents Georgiana Slade Peet and Charles Peet. Trudi is survived by her husband Gerry Knapp, sons Jess Pedersen and wife Nina and Christoper Janney and wife Justine and her five grandchildren, Olivia, Oskar, Leo, James and Michael.

A private family service will be held this spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in honor of Trudi Peet to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-504 or Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621

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