2018-06-07 / News

Helen Trinklein celebrates 104th birthday

Helen Trinklein recently celebrated her 104th birthday with a party at the St. Francis Home with 22 friends and relatives.

Trinklein bowled into her 90s, and volunteered at Christ Lutheran Church all of her life. Her mind and memory are still sharp, and she enjoys reading, participating in activities at the home, and visiting with people. The highlight of the celebration was when she read each of her many birthday greetings aloud and thanked each one individually for being there to help her celebrate.

She was the St. Francis Home resident of the month for May. According to the facility’s newsletter, Trinklein grew up on a farm with a band of brothers, tending chickens and raising vegetables. She married her own farmer husband, Bill, and they had 52 years together before his death. They had their own farm house built in the 1970s.

She and her husband became avid bowlers in their later years and were members of the 600 Club. Trinkline has a competitive spirit and frequently bowled in the 200s.

She worked in General Motors Saginaw Steering Gear Plant 2 (nicknamed the Gun Plant) during World War II.

After her husband passed away, she continued to farm vegetables, and drover her car until she was 98 years old. She taught and raised her nephew, Bob Ortman, as her own, and has remained close to him and his wife.

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