After high school, I graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1974 with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. I married Buzz Trutna in 1972 and we have three children, Scott, Kara, and Leah. I taught in the Millard Public Schools in Nebraska for 6 years as a Communication Specialist. I was a stay-at-home Mom for eight years while our moves took us to Wyoming, Iowa, California, Wisconsin, and Colorado. I taught for twenty-four years as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Our oldest son and daughter and their families live close by in Colorado.
Sadly, in 2005, our youngest daughter was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 21. Since I retired in 2012, we have been blessed with four grandchildren. Steve and I currently reside in Colorado Springs and we spend June through September at our lake home in Minnesota.