Wiltrude “Trudy” Bartlau – Burlington

Trudy Bartlau, 77, of Pillsbury Manor, passed away on April 29, 2013, in Burlington Health & Rehab. She grew up during World War II in Himmelstadt, Germany, daughter of Karl and Margarete (Ritter) Post, and came to this country in 1955 to work as a Lab Technician at Jamaica Hospital in New York City. In New York, she met and married a Prussian immigrant, Alfred Bartlau. Trudy and Alfred moved to Vermont in 1962, first building their own little cabin in East Haven, then to Coventry to farm. Trudy could make anything grow, and loved nurturing animals in need, especially her beloved rabbit, Stretch. Her children fondly remember her resourcefulness to create from the bounty of nature. Among many others, she is survived by son, Walter Bartlau of Shelburne, a former longtime employee of UVM, whom Trudy and Alfred lived with for the past 12 years; and grandchildren, Joseph Turner, Thomas Bartlau, Katrina Turner, Elise Turner, and Morgan Bartlau. Per Trudy’s wishes, there will be no services. Her ashes will be scattered privately at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Trudy’s name to the Vermont Wildlife Rescue Association, 57 Bouffard Lane, Westford, Vt. 05494.

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