Caroline's Story

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“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”
- Natalie Sleeth
COOPERSTOWN _ Mrs. Caroline Winifred (Houck) Trinkaus, a longtime resident of Fork Shop, died Thursday morning, April 28, 2011, at Otsego Manor, surrounded by her family. She was 90.
Born July 17, 1920, in Toddsville, she was a daughter of Willard Lee Houck and Winifred E. (Aylesworth) Houck.
Raised in Toddsville, she graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1941.
On April 11, 1943, Caroline married John Quentin Trinkaus in Oriskany. A member of the United States Army, Airborne Division, John continued his service in the military and Caroline faithfully traveled with him wherever he went. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, John and Caroline returned to the Cooperstown area and settled in a home in Fork Shop where they raised their family.
In later years, the couple spent their winters in Arizona, and enjoyed the company of their many friends in Chandler.
Caroline volunteered for Meals on Wheels, played in the local kitchen band, enjoyed playing shuffleboard with her friends, and volunteered with the spring training baseball leagues.
After 50 years of marriage, John passed away on April 13, 1993. Caroline continued to spend winters in Arizona, and summered in Cooperstown.
In 2006, she returned to Cooperstown to live full-time in her home on County Highway 26, and later came to reside at Otsego Manor.
A proud grandmother, she always enjoyed making crafts and then giving them to her grandchildren. She also had a soft spot for butterflies, as well as for their dog, Blondie.
Caroline is survived by three daughters and sons-inlaw, Carol and Harry Carter of Bayville, Long Island, Rita and Paul Schmidt of Tempe, Ariz., and Shirley and Keith Dickison of Cooperstown; five grandchildren, Dylan Schmidt and his wife, Vanessa, Jennifer Farabaugh and her husband, Paul, Harry Carter Jr. and his wife, Nicole, Nancy Cofield and her husband, Jonathan, and Patrick Tweedie; two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Cofield Jr., and Julia Belle Cofield; one sister, DeEtte Pratt and her husband, Frank of Averill Park; one brother-inlaw, Andrew Trinkaus and his wife, Anne of Oriskany; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Caroline was predeceased by three sisters, Virginia Small, Elizabeth A. Ross, and Edna H. Bliss; and two brothers, Floyd M. and Adelbert Houck.
A funeral service was offered at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Churchwhere Caroline was a longtime member-with the Rev’d Thomas E. Pullyblank, pastor, officiating.
The service of committal and burial followed in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.
Caroline’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone from Catskill Area Hospice and the nurses and staff at Otsego Manor for the wonderful care and kindness provided to her during her residency.
As an expression of this appreciation, Caroline’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, or to the Mountain Ridge Activities Fund at Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements were under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 5, 2011
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