Karen Ann Trinko, 76 of Eau Claire passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Karen was born to Karl and Virginia (Conner) Batcher on November 18, 1942 in Minneapolis. She lived in Milwaukee, La Crosse, St. Paul, and Eau Claire and was a full time mom. In her later years she graduated from UW-Eau Claire with honors as a non-traditional student.
Karen is survived by her children: Mari Laskaskie, Thomas Trinko, and Dominic Trinko as well as 5 grandchildren.
Karen was preceded in death by her first son Michael Joseph who died 3 days after birth, her father and mother Karl and Virginia, her brother Ken, and her stepfather Abraham Levich.
Karen will be laid to rest on Friday March 1 during a private Catholic burial ceremony at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse. Family and friends may leave online condolences at www.smithfuneralec.com.
Karen’s faith guided her throughout her life, and she had a devotion in particular to the Virgin Mary. She chose a life of poverty, humility, solitude, and simplicity as a manifestation of that faith. She prayed often for others. In lieu of flowers, gifts, or memorials, the family requests that you include her in your prayers. Nothing would make her happier.
“O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”