Trina Tinglum
1962 - 2021

Tinglum, Trina Janet

MADISON - Trina Janet Tinglum, 58, of Madison, died on March 22, 2021 in New York City, after a brief but fierce battle with cancer. Trina was born on September 4, 1962, in Merrill, WI. She attended elementary school and high school in Madison. She earned a law degree from the UW Law School, and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee. Her career was dedicated to teaching the art and craft of legal research and writing. She worked as an editor at West Publishing (later Thomson Reuters) and taught at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. In 2012, she joined the faculty of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the UW Law School. Trina adored her students and dedicated herself to their professional development and their personal well-being.

Trina was a proud mom to Georgia Schmitt, 26, and Gunnar Streitz, 11, and a longtime partner with Jay Streitz. She was a passionate triathlon competitor for many years, and a devoted runner and swimmer. She loved her daily walks with the family dog, Balto. She avidly consumed news of, and humorous commentary on, current events and politics. She was a fierce advocate for a variety of causes, most notably women's equality and reproductive rights. She loved celebrity gossip, Twitter, and the New Yorker. She could make almost anyone laugh out loud. She had a beautiful sense of style. She made the world's best brownies. She loved dogs and cats like family, always extended a hand to people who were struggling, and naturally created an accepting and judgment-free space for anyone who sought her help.

Trina was preceded in death by her father, Sverre Tinglum. She is survived by her partner, Jay; her children, Georgia and Gunnar; her mom Georgia Cook; her sisters, Britt Tinglum and Kirsten Friedman; her niece Sverre LeRoy and nephew Per LeRoy. She is survived by two beloved aunties and many adored cousins. Also surviving her are her dog and soulmate Balto, and her cat, Girlfriend. The family suggests that donations in Trina's honor be made to Gilda's Club of Madison []. A celebration of her life will be held when COVID-19 guidelines permit.[ya%]

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Trina was my mom, and she was the sweetest woman ever.
April 14, 2021
Sandy Jacobsen
April 14, 2021
I will miss Trina's sweetness and devotion to her family. So young to leave us. My heart is full of love for Georgia, Gunner, Jay and two very special sisters Britt and Kirsten.
Deborah Wilkinson
April 10, 2021
Debbie Wilkinson (cousin)
April 10, 2021
Georgia and Gunnar - I join many who are thinking of you at this sad time. I met your mom a couple years ago when I did some legal research training sessions with her students. We joked that I had to impress her, as I worked for the competitor of her former employer, West. Trina and I had much in common and felt an instant connection. The last time I saw her nin-perso was at the April 2020 election, when she was doing her part for Andrew Yang. Our last conversation was about schools for you, Gunnar. She thought you were a pretty awesome kid! So very sorry about your loss. Peace and healing. Liz Christians, of Madison.
Liz Christians
April 9, 2021
Professor Tinglum was a fantastic and genuine teacher who made so many of her students better (myself included). She really made a difference -- and she will be sincerely missed.
Luke A.
April 8, 2021
Having worked with Trina for many years, I saw firsthand how devoted she was to her students. They adored her kindness, empathy, and--obviously--great teaching. She was a wonderful colleague and team member--funny, energetic, and always willing to volunteer. She'll be very sorely missed.
Ursula Weigold
April 7, 2021
I am auntie Bobbie youngest daughter... you girls use to visit us in Florida..once again..I am so very sorry for your loss.. Trina looks so much like Georgia.... sweet,kind, and I am very happy to have known her... prayers to all.
Toni wilkinson
April 7, 2021
Remember her from grade school all the thru high school. Was such a delightful person! RIP Lisa A. Curtin
Lisa A. Curtin
April 7, 2021
I went to high school with her and remembering her as such a beautiful, animated, nice person! So sorry to hear of her passing. I also have a 26 year old daughter and my sincere condolences to the family.
Sandra Chu Damiani
April 6, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Trina. Her son Gunnar and my son Eli were friends at Learning Gardens. I remember meeting Trina at an event there and thinking I should meet this woman. She seems pretty awesome, and she's an older mom like me. May memories of her bring you joy as your sadness and grief lifts.
Heather Daniels
April 6, 2021
My heart is heavy today. Trina was my childhood friend from elementary through middle school years. We had lots of sleepovers, plays, and riding our bikes around the Meadowood Neighborhood. She was always a good student so I am not surprised she pursued a career in Law. My heart goes out to Trina's family.
Mary Manion-Pfeil
April 6, 2021
As one Memorial/Hamline alum, know that you will be missed. RIP.
David McLean
April 6, 2021
I experienced Trina's laughter and joy for three wonderful years at UST Law. Our hearts with you Jay, Georgia, and Gunner.
Teddy & Cindy Michel
April 6, 2021