Wilma Trennepohl, age 97, passed away Jan. 5, 2015.
She was born in Rushville, Nebraska, on May 18, 1917 to Edward and Edith (Michaelson) Tiensvold as the youngest of 9 children. Her parents were Norwegian immigrants whose families came from Norway in the 1880’s. They instilled in her a strong devotion to the Lutheran Church that shaped her entire life.
In 1938, she married Leo Trennepohl who preceded her in death in 2006. In 1955 they moved to Tulsa to open the new Flamingo Motel and in 1962 they moved to the iconic Desert Hills Motel, both on Route 66. In 1975, they retired and began 22 years of traveling in motor homes throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 1998 they moved to Stillwater and then to Tulsa in 2001.
Wilma will be remembered for her calm, strong faith, her dedication to her family and her delicious homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Even to the end, she maintained a cheery, positive outlook on life that lifted the spirits of those around her. Her Norwegian blue eyes will be missed.
She is survived by her son, Gary and his wife Sandra of Tulsa, her granddaughters, Paige Lee (James) of Choctaw and Adrienne Wagner (Marvin) of Tyler, Texas, and her great-grandchildren Jaxon Lee and Olivia Wagner.