Trinie Elizabeth Cruz Jenkins, age 55, of Cokato, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Birchwood House in Hutchinson with family and friends at her bedside, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Trinie was born Aug. 25, 1954, in Tamuning, Guam, to Francisco and Isabel Cruz. She was the second of nine children.
In 1967, Francisco and Isabel moved the family to Visalia, CA, where Trinie attended and graduated from Redwood High School.
Trinie met Tom Jenkins of Crosby, MN while Tom was working in Visalia. She moved to Minnesota and the two were married June 5, 1984, and resided in Cokato.
Trinie worked eight years in quality assurance for Nortronics in Dassel. In 1994, she began a career with 3M in Hutchinson, holding several different positions, her last being machine operation, before retiring.
Trinie enjoyed reading, gardening, and doing crafts. She also enjoyed traveling with family and friends, including a recent trip to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Trinie especially enjoyed fishing with her husband at their Crosby residence, their dream retirement home.
She cherished her three children, who made her very proud. The love and support she gave them was endless. Trinie lived for her grandchildren, who made her laugh and kept her smiling.
Trinie is survived by her husband, Tom Jenkins of Crosby; son Frank (Norma) Cruz of Cokato; daughter Veronica (Paul) Germann of Monticello; and son Carlos (Shelly) Mendiola of Dassel; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her mother, Isabel Cruz of Visalia, CA; three brothers, Joe (Terri) Cruz of San Diego, CA, Ronnie (Bel) Cruz of Sinajana, Guam, and John (Mara) Cruz of San Diego; four sisters, Patricia Salas, Bernice (John) Rodriguez, Alicia (Joe) Cruz, all of Visalia, CA, and Elsa (Mark) Siongco of Lemoore, CA; five sisters-in-law, Patty (Fred) Kimbrell of Cloquet, Jeannie (Ken) Meyers of Crosby, Marilyn (Andy) Palomo of Portland, OR, Cheri (John) Henely of Spencer, IA, and Yvonne (Bob) O’Leary of Sibley, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
Trinie was preceded in death by her beloved father, Francisco Cruz; a sister, Mae Cruz Tenorio; and two grandchildren.
The funeral service took place Friday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, with Father John Pearson officiating. Music was provided by Mark Peterson, and interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, June 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.