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“John, even though we have not seen the two of you in a great many years, the smiling face of Claudia (picture) is just the way we remember Claudia....Read More »
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“John,Sorry for your loss. I always remember Claudia as being positive in the face of the bad hand she was given health wise. Stay strong. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jeff Passante - Green Valley, AZ

“Claudia was a great classmate. I'm sorry John. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Richard Dwyer - north branford, CT

“My Sweetie Kim,You are in mine and Antasia's thoughts and prayers. We love you and will be in touch. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lisa Brown - New Haven, CT

“She was one of my best friends.We had some wonderful times together.i loved her like a sister. She will be sorely missed!! Condolences to her lovely...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Bradway - Westbrook, CT


Claudia Jo Trunik (Winkler) of Guilford, CT passed away at the Connecticut Hospice of Branford at the age of 74 on December 23, 2020. She was born on September 13, 1946 in New Haven, CT to Charles F. Winkler and Eleanor Winkler (MacLaren). Claudia grew up in North Branford, CT with her parents and sister, Ellin Heard of Yuba City, CA. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John A. Trunik, sons John C. Trunik (Susan) of West Hartford, CT and Bryan D. Trunik of Claremont, CA; daughters Kimberly J. Garcia (Willie) of New Haven, CT and Pamela Trunik-Silidker (Jordan) of Guilford, CT and grandchildren Charles and Patrick Trunik, Sienna, Sadie, Justin and Ivana Garcia and Jacob and Zoe Silidker. She is predeceased by her parents and older brother, Louis Winkler.
Claudia was a member of the Community Baptist Church of Branford, CT. She retired from the Yale University Sterling Memorial Library.
Claudia was a quiet person who loved to be surrounded by her family and friends. Her family was truly the love of her life. She was a warm and devoted mother filled with unconditional love and infinite patience. Her heartfelt laugh was contagious and always lit up the room. She loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time growing flowers and gardening. She took frequent trips to California to share outdoor adventures with her son Bryan and her Irish twin sister, Ellin. When not outside, she also enjoyed dancing, church, country music, knitting, quilting, and jewelry making.
Claudia had a long fight with a rare liver disease that she was diagnosed with over 28 years ago. Recent years were a struggle with many serious and compounding health problems, but she always managed to keep a positive attitude and radiant smile on her face. Through all of life's challenges Claudia never changed who she was. Her strength and resilience shined through and she will forever be in our hearts and missed dearly.
Services will be held at the family's convenience.