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In memory of Laura Ginese Tromborg: 1959-2019

A note from Donald: I learned with sadness about the passing of Laura Tromborg. She was the very definition of a local theater veteran, working both behind the scenes and as an actress, and she fulfilled the quintessential achievement of a theater lover: She met her husband in a play and later married him in the theater in which she performed. She will be missed.

Here is a loving obituary written by her family to honor her memory. Feel free to add any comments about your memories of Laura. Her memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 (details below).


LAURA GINESE TROMBORG

Laura Ginese Tromborg of Clovis, CA, entered into heaven on in June 7th, 2019 after wrestling with cancer for 5+ years. She was victorious in many battles over the years but lost the final struggle with leukemia at the young age of 60.

Laura began her journey on February 4th, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN as the eldest of nine children of Beverly and Jack Von Feldt. She spent her childhood in a very loving (and large) family crisscrossing the country, living in Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and California. She attended Royal High School in Simi Valley, CA, graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton, CA and briefly attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, where she married and had three children.

Laura eventually settled in the Fresno/Clovis area where she remained for 37 years, earning a BA from Fresno State where she also worked on her Masters in History, and attained a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University. Along the way, she worked as a reservation agent and supervisor in the airline industry and several other jobs before embarking on her teaching career. Laura taught English and History for over twenty years at Fresno City College, Madera Unified and Fresno Unified with whom she worked at Roosevelt High School and finished at Cooper Academy. A voracious reader, her favorite and final position was the school librarian at Cooper Academy inspiring all the students who came through her library to read.

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In the mid-90s, she became a regular staple in the Fresno/Clovis theater scene as a door person, box office rep, theater ambassador, crew person, stage manager, and actress. Her favorite co-star of all was her husband Patrick Tromborg, whom she met while working with Good Company Players. They married on September 1st, 2002 at Roger Rocka’s Music Hall, where they engaged in many theatre projects together. An avid hobbyist, she enjoyed Yosemite, traveling to visit the large extended family, puzzles, trivia, sewing, and left a plethora of crochet and knitting projects in various states of completion. Alas, she never got to appear on Jeopardy (her favorite show), but we all know to bet on librarians.

A lover of words and a brilliant and prolific writer of lists, notes, thoughts, musings, and journals, her ambitions were only exceeded by her limited time and wide-ranging interests. She was a vibrant, passionate woman with a mischievous sense of humor and quick wit who loved to laugh, argue and research everything. Immensely generous with profound sense of duty, she dedicated her life in service of others, frequently lifting up her spouse, her children, her parents, her siblings, her friends & colleagues, her students, her cast-mates, and nearly every person she met. Within minutes of meeting her, in her own special, unassuming, fiercely intelligent way, she could make someone feel like she’d known them for years.

She was preceded in death by her previous husband, David Noel Jones, in 1999, and grandparents, John & Rose Von Feldt and Henry & Cathleen Balmer.

She is survived by her husband Patrick Tromborg, three children and their spouses; Christopher & Sara Weatherby, Amber Weatherby Plank, and Justin Weatherby & Frankie Moran, three grandchildren; Lucas Weatherby, Ian Weatherby and Ava Plank, parents; Jack & Beverly Von Feldt, eight siblings; Kathleen & Ron Watson, John & Kathy Von Feldt, Sandi & John Trotter, Rebecca & Elliot Brubaker, Bonnie Terry, Mari-Pat Pusey, Lea-Ann & John Virnig, and Nick & Trish Von Feldt, 32 nieces & nephews, 12 grand-nephews & grand-nieces, and thousands of former students, colleagues, and friends too numerous to list. If you’re reading this – know that she adored you. We will all fight our dragons with a special new angel at our side.

Memorial services will be held at the Audra McDonald Auditorium at Roosevelt High School on Saturday, July 13th at 4250 E. Tulare Ave, Fresno, California at 10:00 AM.

Laura and Patrick Tromborg.

 


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Comments (5)

  • Mary

    Laura was my dear friend. What a beautiful tribute. Thanks for choosing to share it!

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  • Chris Weatherby

    Thank you so very much for publishing this, Donald. We greatly appreciate it.
    – Chris Weatherby

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  • Jessica Knotts

    She was an incredible lady.

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  • Amy

    I met both Laura and her husband Patrick through Second Space, but we really got to know each other when we worked together at Sierra Valley College. With our busy lives, we didn’t keep in close touch after she left there, for which I am very sorry. She was so warm and wise and funny. It was lovely to see her at her birthday party, so full of hope. I know she is terribly missed by her family and close friends, but even those of us whose lives intersected hers only a bit feel the loss. She shined so brightly and warmly on those around her.

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  • Jack

    What a wonderful write up in the Munro- review! Thanks for sharing. Justin and family,your friends are here to help you through this difficult time. Love and hugs, Jack

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