Gertrude M. Van Alstyne, 69

Gertrude "Trudy" M. Van Alstyne (nee Diedrich), 69, of Kewaskum, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Trudy was born on Sept. 26, 1941, in Milwaukee to Hugo and Bernice (nee Baehring) Diedrich. She married Thomas Van Alstyne on June 17, 1961 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Slinger. Trudy loved flea markets and the collecting and selling of antique items. Her passion was in antique dolls. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, beadwork, sewing, and artwork. Her love of crafts earned her numerous blue ribbons at county and state fairs. She was involved with her lady friends at the Hartford Senior Center. Trudy’s greatest treasures were her grandchildren. The family will dearly miss her homemade rolls, German potato salad, fried chicken, but most of all, the family will miss her.

Trudy is survived by her husband of 50 years Thomas; three sons Keith (Tracy), Derek (Monica), and Craig (Lisa); grandchildren Andrea, Mitchell, Brian, Augie, Nick, and Emily; sister Barbara Pyka; brother James Diedrich; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Hugo Diedrich.

Private services were held.

The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to the staff at Kettle Moraine Gardens Memory Unit for their care and compassion for Trudy.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.