Obit: Trunkel, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (1936 - 2014)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Trunkel, Seelow, Trogner, Sydorowicz, Rice, Koula, Kuhn, Resong, Joseph

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co, WI) 6/11/2014

Trunkel, Elizabeth A. “Betty” (3 March 1936 - 8 June 2014)

Betty Trunkel, 78, of Neillsville died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at her residence.

Elizabeth Ann Trogner was born March 3, 1936, in Neillsville, the daughter of John and Edith (Seelow) Trogner. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1954 and then was united in marriage to Nicholas Sydorowicz. They lived in Milwaukee until Nicholas was killed in a car accident in 1969. Betty and her four children then moved to Neillsville to be near family. She worked at the Shopper for a short time as a proofreader. She married Ed Rice and then owned and operated an appliance store, Laundromat, Mode-O-Day clothing store, and they purchased the old hospital on Fourth Street and turned it into an apartment complex. They later divorced. In 1981, Betty married John Trunkel and worked as a cashier at the IGA, did home daycare and sold Avon. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. In her spare time, Betty enjoyed reading.

She is survived by her children, Steven (Tracy) Sydorowicz of Milwaukee, Mark (Nicki) Sydorowicz of Neillsville, Donna Sydorowicz of Neillsville, Chris (Eric) Koula of Neillsville, Joe Trunkel of Neillsville, Ron (Barb) Trunkel of Neillsville and Jim (Tammy) Trunkel of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Dustin, Mitch Mindy, Nic, Alex, Allison, Mallori, Jonathan, Emily, Dexter, Hadley, Crystal, Amber, Cain, McKenzie, Amelia, Braden and Sarah; three great-grandchildren, Carter, Grace and Gabriella; a brother, John (Darlene) Trogner of Stoughton; and a sister, Jean Kuhn, of Neillsville.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Ronald Resong, organist, and St. Mary’s Adult Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Casketbearers are: Nicholas Sydorowicz, Alex Sydorowicz and Dexter Koula.

Online condolences may be made at  The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Betty’s family with funeral arrangements.



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