NORTH OAKS, Minn.
Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Elizabeth Crampton Foy
June 13, 1927 - April 17, 2011
Gertrude "Trudy" Elizabeth Crampton Foy, 83, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 17, 2011, surrounded by family in her final days after suffering a stroke and then falling. She had recently moved to Waverly Gardens in North Oaks, Minnesota.
Trudy was born June 13, 1927, in Moline, Ill., a daughter of Josephine von Maur Crampton and Chief Justice Albert Mason Crampton, of the Illinois Supreme Court. Her maternal grandfather was Charles Jacob von Maur, founder of what is now Von Maur Department Stores. Her paternal grandfather was George Weaver Crampton, director and treasurer of John Deere & Co., with whom he was employed for 56 years.
Trudy attended elementary school in the Moline Public Schools. She attended high school at St. Katherine’s, now known as Rivermont, in Davenport, Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1949. She attended the University of Chicago’s School of Social Work from 1951-52. She attended Harvard University during summer schools in 1950-51. She obtained a Master of Science in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1962.
Trudy married Robert E. Rosene on March 15, 1952, in Moline, and was divorced from him May 19, 1959; he died July 10, 1968. She married Jerome S. Foy on Nov. 29, 1980, in Madison. Her years with Jerry were the best of her life.
She is survived by her children, Charles B. Rosene (Lisa) of Oakland, Calif., David C. Rosene (Cathy) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Peter M. Rosene (Sheila Pearson) of Vadnais Heights, Minn., and Bennett C. Rosene (Marcie Forsberg) of Stillwater, Minn. Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, are Matthew P. Rosene, Elizabeth M. Rosene, David E. Rosene, Daniel P. Rosene, John P. Rosene and Josephine F. Rosene.
Trudy dearly loved all of her stepchildren, their significant others and their children. They are Briony Foy (Michael "Bo" May) of Madison, Michael Foy (Carrie) of Madison, Erin Foy (Jean Hernandez) of Seattle, Dr. Colleen Foy-Sterling of Santa Rosa, Calif., Morna Foy (Candace Pantoga) of Madison and Cathlin Foy of Madison. Her step-grandchildren are Yvonne and Morgan Foy, Chelsea Brown, Quinn and Rory Sterling-Foy, and Kori and Carly Brown.
Trudy is also survived by her sister, Katherine Wolny of Bozeman, Mont., and two brothers, George (Barbara) Crampton of Burlington, N.C., and Charles Crampton of Port Byron, Ill.
Trudy was first employed at John Deere & Co. from 1950 to 1951. She was next employed at the Adult Psychiatric Clinic, Milwaukee County Hospital, as a clinical social worker from 1962 to 1966. She then moved on to Waukesha County as chief of clinical workers from 1966 to 1980. After retiring from Waukesha County, she established her own private practice of clinical social work in Oconomowoc and Madison from 1980 to 1982.
In 1962, Trudy took her boys to the Unitarian Church West, meeting in the Wauwatosa YMCA (now the UU Church West - Brookfield). She quickly became a leader in the congregation, serving on the Board of Trustees, teaching church school and the new "about your sexuality" curriculum, as the congregation grew from a small fellowship into a dynamic church. She was later a member of the First Unitarian Society of Madison. Her genealogical research discovered that the Cramptons were Unitarians for many generations, descending from colonial Quaker stock.
Trudy was a strong, intelligent, progressive, independent-minded woman who rose to the challenge of parenting four young children alone, who taught her children the values of respect and tolerance, and who embraced the joy of living through her love for reading, genealogy, photography, music, sunny beaches and her family.
The family deeply appreciates the warm, loving care and support Trudy and the family received from the staff of Waverly Gardens and the Health East ICU and hospice teams.
Memorial service to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Unity-Unitarian Church, 732 Holly Ave. (Portland at Grotto), St. Paul, Minn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Some of Trudy’s favorite organizations were the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Nature Conservancy, Bear with Me and the National Organization for Women.