Mrs. Marlene Delena Trekofski
November 8, 1940 – July 30, 2019
Trekofski (Martin) Marlene, Delina
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sibling and friend on July 30, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Marlene was born in Edmonton, Alberta November 8, 1940 to Otto Martin and Edna Martin (Knopp). At 8 years old Marlene and her family, including brothers Allen, Raymond, Lyle, Del, and sister Delores moved from New Sarepta to Richmond, BC. During this time she attended Mitchell Elementary, Cambie Secondary, and Richmond High. After her schooling she moved to Calgary and met Elmer Trekofski - they were married on July 29, 1961 and continued to live in Calgary for 2 years before moving back to Richmond, BC. They had two children - Kim on April 25, 1967 and Murray on June 2, 1993. In her early life Marlene was known as a small child with a large voice, and through her lifetime blessed many people with her beautiful singing. The family formed a musical group which often played at churches, weddings and funerals. Elmer and Marlene worked hard together on a few different businesses over the years initially owning an auto body repair shop, before moving into the trades, and eventually becoming a home builder. Elmer would be the labourer & technician while Marlene would take care of the administration and bookkeeping. They were a very good team and worked well together. July 29, 2019 marked their 58th wedding anniversary. When Kim married Todd Jackson and had children, she became a grandparent for the first time to granddaughter Shea, and then Layne. She was very involved in the lives of Kim, Todd and the girls, babysitting and spending time with the girls, reading stories, going camping and having regular family dinners. She was the most fantastic mom and grandma possible, always positive, encouraging and uplifting. Murray and his mom always had a special bond. She would be his biggest fan at his ball games growing up. Throughout the years she was continually there for him showing unwavering support, dedication, love and courage. Marlene was a constant pillar of faith and strength to friends, family and community members. She always made time for them, to give them a prayer for any hardship or encouragement they may need, and usually bringing Elmer along to fix their sink, stove or pretty much anything else that needed repairs. She brought joy into the room when she entered, loved to tell stories, loved to laugh, was a tireless prayer warrior, and always had an endearing twinkle in her eye. She loved nothing more than her saviour Jesus Christ and her family. She was predeceased by brothers Allen, Raymond & Lyle & sister Delores. Her younger brother Del, lives with his family in Armstrong. B.C. Marlene will be sorely missed by her loving husband Elmer, her children and their families. She was a fun loving, kind hearted, warm and gracious In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.samministries.org
- Visitation Wednesday, August 7, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019
- Memorial Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Mrs. Marlene Delena Trekofski
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Lorraine and Larry Maerz
August 7, 2019
During the first two years of Marlene and Elmer's marriage, they lived in Calgary and in the same house as we did, but in different suites. Many times we would invite each other to a breakfast feast on a Saturday morning. After Marlene and Elmer moved to Vancouver, we stayed in touch with phone calls or visits. Often during visits, times were spent around the Trekofski grand piano as Marlene would solo those wonderful songs and hymns of the faith as Lorraine played. We are thankful for the friendship and fellowship that we have shared. We cherish many memories.
We send our sincere sympathy to Elmer and family, in the loss of Marlene.
August 7, 2019
Elmer and Marlene are a very special aunt and uncle. Growing up, to us, they were very cool, as they came from this exotic city of Vancouver. I would love when I was little and they'd come for a visit as it meant they'd be bringing me a new stuffie. ☺ Some early memories are of Trekofski reunions, visiting them during Expo '86, and visiting them at grandma and grandpa's. I was always so excited when I knew I'd be getting to see them at a function, even if it was only for a few hours. Two years ago my husband, myself and our then 5-year-old daughter were in Vancouver for a few days. While my husband was doing his training course we were off seeing the sights. One particular day we made arrangements with Elmer & Marlene to go to Granville Island and they even picked us up from our hotel to go exploring the shops. Marlene even surprised me with having Murray come meet us there for lunch. Such a great day with many wonderful memories. During a dark time in our own lives when my mom passed away, Elmer and Marlene were there to support us and were there throughout the funeral planning process. She even stepped up to read mom's eulogy as there was no way any of the 3 of us would be able to. It's hard to think of them separately as they've been together for so long. We are all so thankful to have been honored to call her an aunt. I wish we could have seen them more but am thankful for the times we did have and am so grateful to have them as family. Aunt Marlene, your passing has left a void in all our hearts but we know you're celebrating with our Heavenly Father and that is the hope that gets us thru these dark hurtful days. We love you.