Charlene ‘Chuckie’ Trimberger, 62
Charlene “Chuckie” Trimberger, (nee Shumaker) was born Jan. 26, 1948, in St. Anna and died Mar. 30, 2010, at the age of 62.
Chuckie was united in marriage Dec. 27, 1969, to Peter Trimberger, her high school sweetheart from New Holstein. They moved to Grafton in 1972 where they were both active in Jaycees/Jacettes for many years. During this time they developed many lifelong friendships that are still cherished today.
In 1974, they started a family and Chuckie stayed home to raise their two daughters, Amy and Elly. She was very active in the elementary school – first by volunteering for the first grade reading program and then organizing the parent association PACE. Chuckie continued to support her children in all of their activities throughout their school years.
In 1985 she resumed her college education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business and earned a bachelor of science in finance in 1988. She pursued a career in the bursar’s office of several area colleges starting at Milwaukee School of Engineering; then working for nine years at Carroll College in Waukesha before finishing her career at UW-Milwaukee. Her favorite part of her job was working with all of the students, many who came to know her well.
Peter and Chuckie enjoyed many activities including going out to dinner, spending time with friends, and traveling together. Recently, they enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Washington, and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary seeing a Broadway show in Chicago. Chuckie loved to talk, always friendly and sharing her story with anyone she met. She especially loved to talk about her three wonderful grandchildren and one on the way, telling everyone all about how special each one is. This was true throughout her entire 15-year battle with breast cancer where she came to know and love the many people who cared for her. Thank you to Dr. Torkelson and his staff, all of the staff at Columbia St. Mary's (Mequon) Oncology Center and ICU, and all of the friends and family who supported her along the way – especially her husband, Peter, for being by her side and being her caretaker and lifelong companion.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Glenn and Lucille Shumaker; and her sister, Eileen (Shumaker) Diller. She is survived by her husband, Peter; daughters, Amy (Brendon) Schellpfeffer and Elly (Vorakiat “Top”) Tantivivat; grandchildren, Josephine “Josie” and Genevieve “Genna” Schellpfeffer, and Davin Tantivivat; brothers and sisters, Edward (Kitty) Shumaker, Donna (Carl) Armor, Clarice (Carl) Franklin, Mavyn Kleinhans, Arden Shumaker, Ila Gene (Fred) Sampson, Alfred (Mary) Shumaker, Janell (Norbert) Keuler, and Robert (Janet) Shumaker; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton on Monday, April 5, 2010 at 5 p.m. The family will be receiving visitors at the church starting at 3 p.m. until the start of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Chuckie's name may be made to the American Cancer Society.