A former New Berlin community watchdog and founder of the New Berlin Citizens Forum Committee, Jean Crotty, died Nov. 2.
Crotty, 82, who ran the forums for 25 years, ended up running them pretty much by herself, Mayor Jack Chiovatero said.
“She wanted to make sure people looked at all the angles and were informed,” he said.
New Berlin resident Kay Jashinsky helped found the organization with Crotty.
“She always came up with very thoughtful questions to ask,” Jashinsky said. “She had a quick mind and was very attuned to what was going on.”
The forums in New Berlin ended in 2007 when the council established a policy restricting political groups from using City Hall or the city’s cable channel. That policy was interpreted to include the forums.
Crotty stopped driving about the same time.
“She couldn’t get around and that restricted her activities,” Jashinsky said.
Crotty’s son, John, said his mother has not been active in the past few years, but attended every New Berlin Common Council meeting for many years.
“She was always bringing things up and questioning things,” he said.
Originally a school teacher, she stayed home after her children were born, John said. But she was involved in her children’s school activities and she kept tabs on the school district.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Kirst and John (Connie) Crotty; grandchildren, Sean and Katie Crotty; and sister, Shirley (Milton) Mathiak.
Private services were held and burial was at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
John Schultz can be reached at (262) 446-6611.
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