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Kristina I. Trout

 Kristina I. Trout, of Bath, Pa, died comfortably at the VNA Hospice of St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa, after a year-long battle with cancer.  Born in Allentown, Pa, her full name, Kristina Irene Eugena McCafferty Trout, regales her Irish heritage originating in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.  Kris, as family and friends called her, was a particularly compassionate person and possessed strong empathetic traits.  Known for her subtle sense of humor, she provided comic relief to her husband, daughter and friends with hilarious antics and accidents reminiscent of Lucille Ball’s character, Lucy Ricardo.  Despite her compassion and comedic endeavors, nothing diminished her Irish temper, which was so strong that her husband often compared her to Maureen O’Hara’s character, Mary Kate Danaher, as depicted in the movie, The Quiet Man, a film she and her husband watched each year on St. Patrick’s Day after a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.

She was well-known for her love of hummingbirds which visited her annually, perhaps because of the secret sugar solution she used to attract them.  Her winters were spent feeding and watching chickadees, titmice, juncos and other seasonal birds.

She worked on the line at Mack Truck’s 5C plant for 14 years, thereafter two years as a receptionist at The Greif Companies, finally finishing her career at Guardian Insurance during the past 25 years as a retention analyst and auditor.

She requested to be cremated with her ashes dispersed in her garden, and at her father-in-law’s grave, and at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.    

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bruce of Bath, Pa, and her daughter, Dr. Tara Trout Acevedo of Columbia, Maryland. The family wishes to thank Dr. Anna Niewiarowska and her caring staff at Vita Medical Associates, as well as the St. Luke’s Hospice staff for their gracious and kind assistance during the family’s time of need. A memorial service will be announced and donations may be sent to the Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College for a memorial bench and plaque in her name.

Scott Arboretum; 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, Pa. 19081 or see www.scottarboretum.org or call 610-328-8025.