Theresa Pauline ‘Terry’ McCoy (nee Radermacher)
April 14, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2011
Theresa Pauline "Terry" McCoy (nee Radermacher), formerly of Brookfield, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her East Troy assisted living residence of congestive heart failure. Terry was born April 14, 1925, in Milwaukee, to Gertrude (Theresa) and Lawrence Radermacher and grew up in Hales Corners.
She spent many wonderful summer days at the Radermacher family cottage "up north" on the Wolf River near Lily doing jigsaw puzzles, reading books, feeding the hummingbirds and listening to the sounds of nature from the front porch.
Terry learned to fly an airplane and got her pilot’s license in the 1940s when she was just a teenager. She graduated from Marquette University with a degree in physics, then worked as an x-ray crystallographer at Allen-Bradley and Allis Chalmers corporations. While working on a project to develop an early kidney dialysis machine in the 1950s, she met her future husband, William David McCoy, an electrical engineer. Terry and Bill married and lived in Brookfield for many years, where they raised five boys.
Terry will be remembered as a good friend and a compassionate person who made sure her elderly unmarried aunts, Florence and Frances Radermacher and Sister Mary O’Donnell, were well cared for in their old age. Until her own health declined, she was an excellent seamstress, practiced furniture reupholstery, had been a world traveler, was an avid book lover and a dedicated volunteer who helped inner-city residents learn to read at the Laubach Literacy Center in Milwaukee.
Terry was preceded in death by her husband, William (W. D.) McCoy; her parents; and a brother, Robert Radermacher.
She is survived by her sons, Allan (Andrea Frank) of East Troy, Richard of Milwaukee, Michael (Laurie) of West Allis, James (Stacy) of Elm Grove and Brian of Waukesha, along with her cherished grandson, Will. She is also survived by her sisters, Ellen Follett and Barbara Clark; very dear cousins, Larry O’Donnell and Pat Astleford; and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Legacy Funeral Services in East Troy, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in East Troy, 1981 Beulah Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terry’s memory to Literacy Services of Wisconsin or the Crandon Public Library Foundation in Crandon.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the fine people from Vitas Hospice and Brolen Park Assisted Living whose compassionate care improved Terry’s quality of life till the very end of her days.
Legacy Funeral Services is serving the family. For more information, call 642-5057 or visit online at Legacyfuneralservices.com.