Elizabeth Wilson Trelenberg, age 95, died peacefully after a brief illness on October 17, 2020.
She was born in 1925, an only child to Rudolph and Pauline Wilson of Merrill, Wisconsin. She grew up in Merrill, attending parochial schools and graduating from Merrill High School where her father was a teacher, guidance counselor, and football coach. Betty was an accomplished vocalist and performed at many weddings and events locally. She was a member of the debate team, chorus, and Latin Club in high school. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Phi Beta Kappa in 1948 with a B.A., majoring in Spanish language studies. Upon graduation, Betty was able to speak seven languages. At UW Betty met her husband Kenneth Trelenberg, a fellow student and U.S. Naval officer. They married on January 1, 1949 in Merrill, Wisconsin. They began married life in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Ken began his lifelong career with the DuPont Company. Betty was employed fulltime for six years at Volunteer State Life Insurance Company and departed as a corporate officer in 1955 to raise a family. Her daughter Ann (Lisa) and son Peter were both born in Chattanooga. The family relocated to Seaford, Delaware in 1959 and later to Wilmington, Delaware in 1962. Betty was a committed housewife and mother, encouraging her two children to excel in all things, to value education, and to pursue interests and dreams. She found employment with Bank of Delaware (later PNC Bank) and worked as a teller, head teller, and later in return items for the bank. She retired in 1990 with 25 years of service. In retirement, she worked part time for a number of years for a local insurance company.
Betty was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church and was a member of the church choir at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for many years. She also participated in the Northern Delaware Oratorio Society and enjoyed performing in their local concerts. She was an avid bridge player and delighted in being a part of many local bridge clubs over the years. She was raised in a football family and seldom missed a chance to watch a game or to cheer for her Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. She was a devoted fan of all of her children’s sports and activities and never missed a performance or a game. She continued her support by being present for many of her grandchildren’s pursuits as well. She was immensely proud that both of her children and all six of her grandchildren were college graduates.
Betty was predeceased by her ex- husband Kenneth. She is survived by her two children: Ann E. Walker (Jackson) of Wilmington, DE and Peter W. Trelenberg (Susan) of Dallas,TX and Palos Verdes, CA. She has 6 loving grandchildren: Christopher (Bethany) , Andrew, and Daniel Motter ,and Leigh Anna Azzalino (Cory), Peter Jr. and Erik Trelenberg, and one great granddaughter, Cameron Azzalino.
Our family wishes to thank the numerous doctors, nurses and caregivers who assisted our mother during her last years of life. We want to especially thank the entire staff at Forwood Manor for their loving and compassionate care for the last 4 years. We bless you and wish for your continued safety during these difficult times.
In her memory, please donate to a charity of your choice.