Trudi Schnitzer Stone (b. 1944)

Trudi Schnitzer Stone was born in Portland, Oregon on January 2, 1944 to Manuel and Ruth (Rosumny) Schnitzer. Her maternal grandparents, William and Annie Rosumny, owned the Star Bakery, where Trudi’s mother and her siblings grew up working. Trudi’s uncles Marvin Rosumny and Ben Medofsky continued to run the bakery as Trudi grew up. Trudi’s family lived in northeast Portland, first on NE 50th Street and Halsey and then at NE 29th and Fremont. Trudy attended Alameda Grammar School and Grant High School. She was bat miztvah at Ahavai Sholom and was very involved in the service club BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls), where her sister Fay (Levinson) was also active. She went to summer camp at B’nai B’rith camp in Oregon and Solomon Schecter Camp in Washington.

Trudi attended the University of Washington for two years before transferring to Berkeley, from where she graduated in 1965. When her marriage to Richard Stone ended in 1986, Trudi went back to Berkeley for a graduate degree in social work. She moved to Santa Cruz.

Trudi married Richard Stone six months before graduating from Berkeley. Richard’s family had a clothing store in Oakland, CA where the couple started their family together. They eventually moved to Piedmont. They had two children, Eric (1967) and Wendy (1969), both of whom ended up moving to Portland as adults. They belonged to the Orthodox synagogue in Oakland before the rabbi made aliyah and they joined the Reform synagogue, where their children were bar miztvah. Trudi met Mel Hoffman in the early 1990s when she was working as a social worker. 

As adults, Trudi’s children have moved to Portland and been active at Congregation Neveh Shalom’s religious school. When she retired at 62, she returned to Portland and began leading Alzheimers groups in Tigard and Tualatin. Trudi belongs to both Neveh Shalom and Shaarie Torah, where 27 of her family members are buried in the cemetery. She volunteers at the Audubon hospital and leads school groups at the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge. She also volunteers in her grandchildren’s schools.

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