Lilian Trenkamp | Obituaries | Clinton Herald


August 19, 1922
April 26, 2022

Lillian Marie Trenkamp, ​​99, of Preston, IA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Preston with interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held at St. Joseph’s Church on Thursday, May 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the Friday before mass.
Lillian was born August 19, 1922, on the family farm near Springbrook, Iowa, the eldest child of Albert and Mary (Scheckel) Medinger. After graduating from Springbrook School, Lillian worked at Loras College and then for various families in the Springbrook area. In 1942, she met the love of her life Edward Trenkamp. They were married on February 18, 1946. Together they raised eleven children on the Trenkamp family farm in Sugar Creek. In 1982 Ed and Lillian moved to Preston. They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on February 18, 2020. Edward passed away on April 4, 2020.
Lillian was a devoted farmer, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and attending family events. She loved quilting and made many quilts for her family. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, and baking. She was well known for her angel food cakes which she often baked for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. She loved to play cards, especially Euchre and if you were her partner, she could always be counted on to have the Ace you needed both in cards and in life.
Lillian was also a friend and neighbor to many, often sending cards for birthdays, anniversaries, encouragement and sympathy.
Lillian was an active member of the Preston American Legion Auxiliary for many years. She has been very involved in the annual Legion Poppy Sale, Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities. She helped organize the annual Christmas Item Giveaway to the Iowa City Veterans Hospital each year. Supporting our veterans was very important to her.
Lillian had a deep faith that she instilled in her family. She demonstrated her faith every day through her words and actions. She was an active member of the Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society in Sugar Creek and Preston. Attending mass and participating in church activities was very important to her. In many ways, Lillian’s faith was central to her life.
Lillian will be sadly missed by her children: Linda (Joe) Laban of Bernard, Iowa, David (Kathy) Trenkamp of Indianola, Gary (Linda) Trenkamp of Preston, Doris (Jamie) Boe of Aurora, Illinois, Elaine (Brian) Burken of Preston, Allan (Jenell) Trenkamp of Preston, deceased Robert (Elizabeth and Dean Krogman) of Clinton, Glen (Jolene) Trenkamp of Preston, Terry Trenkamp of Coralville, Jean (David) Dirks of Ames, Marlene (Mike) Rogers of Cedar Rapids, 34 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother Vincent Medinger, sister Maxine Sullivan, brother-in-law Leo Trenkamp and sister-in-law Margaret Roling. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward, 2 brothers John and Vernon, 3 sisters Florence Heiar, Arlene Berger, Mila Keil, a son Robert, a granddaughter Angela and a great-granddaughter Amy.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, keepsakes be made to the charity of your choice.
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Published on April 30, 2022


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