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Jane Trinkkeller

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Jane Trinkkeller passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on April 27, 2015. Jane was born October 21,1920 in Pennsylvania, moved to Santa Monica in 1921. She graduated Valedictorian from Santa Monica High with honors for Outstanding Citizenship. She met future husband Dr. Paul Trinkkeller while attending UCLA, where she was President of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, became honored queen in Job's daughters, and B.A. In English in 1942. A world traveler she visited Europe, Russia, South America, Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. Her hobbies included camping, water skiing and dirt biking. She bowled and played tennis until she was 92 years old. She was an avid Bridge player and golfer, playing in many bridge groups until age 94. Always active in serving others and community affairs, she was a clinic volunteer for the Lutheran Society of Southern California. She taught Sunday School 9 years at St. Andrews Lutheran in WLA, 22 years at Palisades Lutheran Church, and long time member of the church choir plus Chairwoman of the Alter Guild. She volunteered over 2,000 hours at the Veterans Administration to cheer up patients with singing and refreshments she baked herself. She was a member of the Santa Monica Keys to Santa Monica Hospital Clinic, Santa Monica Breakfast Club supporting the Dental Clinic, the Woman's Club, a docent at Will Rodgers Home and State Park, volunteered at the Santa Monica Hospital Clinic, and donated blood over 50 times. Most of all, Jane was devoted to her family and friends, bringing joy into many lives and sadness to none. She was predeceased by her adoring husband of 66 years, Paul, and two of her sons Tom and Jim. She is survived by a large loving family, sons Paul Jr. and Robert, 6 grandchildren, Paul III, Janie, Tori, Tommy, James and Damien, and 4 great-grandchildren, Trevor, Taylor, Aubrey, and Brody. Jane made the world a better place for those who knew her and for many who did not through her many generous donations to a plethora of charities home and abroad. Her entire life was centered around helping others. The example that she set of devoting herself and her resources to the disadvantaged is a gift that will always be remembered by all those she touched with her kind heart and generous spirit. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 11AM on Saturday May 23rd at Palisades Lutheran Church located at 15905 Sunset Blvd, (310-459-2358), enter the Church parking lot from El Medio Avenue. In lieu of flowers, Jane's wish is to make a donation to Palisades Lutheran Church in her memory.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 20, 2015
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