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Adrienne Arlene Trhlik

March 20, 2016

With arms wide open, Adrienne Arlene Trhlik entered the kingdom of heaven on March 20, 2016, after a brief stay in the Prince of Peace care center in Ellendale, following an acute cancer diagnosis. On Feb. 13, 1945, an immeasurable talent was born to Cletus and Rachel Hair in Tacoma, Wash. Adrienne Arlene was the second of four children, along with Lorna, Kenneth and Daniel. She started at a young age playing piano, violin and showing an early flair for art. Living in several cities due to her father’s ministry, Adrienne graduated high school May 1963 in Cadotte, WI, keeping a handful of lifelong friends from that class. Simple fate during a Wisconsin church service allowed her the first meeting with a Slope County, North Dakota farm boy – Kenneth Trhlik. They were married only weeks after her high school graduation and they made their first home on the Trhlik farm south of Amidon, before eventually moving to Bowman in 1973. Adrienne and Ken had four children: Stephanie, Pamela, Beth and Joel. Her greatest lifelong sorrow was the loss of her first son Scott who lived only a few minutes after birth on May 16, 1964. In June 1981, Ken died of a rare lymphoma at the age of 39, when her children were 14, 12, 8 and 6. During her 22 years in Bowman, she was known for her wealth of talents and baking skills. Adrienne made hundreds of wedding and occasion cakes, drew/painted, wrote and illustrated Christian children’s stories, taught baton twirling, played piano, sang and taught children’s church at the Bowman Assemblies of God Church, sewed clothing/blankets, masters many crafts and picked up nearly every new art medium available. She also took great pride in gardening and flowers. Adrienne had a special circle of “coffee crew” girlfriends that spent a great deal of time at the Trhlik household. Many of those were there to greet her entry into heaven and many are left to mourn her passing. In 1995, after she was empty-nested a whole new life started. Adrienne fulfilled a lifelong dream and attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in ministry. Following graduation she worked at Prince of Peace care center and Evergreen Assisted Living as the chaplain, retiring after seven years. Adrienne loved living in Ellendale, finding a wealth of new friends, neighbors and activities to enjoy. She spent her retirement volunteering at her church and for various organizations in the community. She earned a new group of coffee and tea girlfriends who graciously gave so much of their time, effort and prayers during her brief illness. Her greatest life testament was her faith and trust in God, and proudly knew without a doubt that heaven was her final home. Adrienne is survived by her mother Rachel Hair of Fort Dodge, IA; daughter Stephanie (David) Honeyman, Bismarck, ND; daughter Pamela (Kim) Link, Washburn, ND; daughter Beth (Kyle) Wall, Cheyenne, WY; son Joel Trhlik, Dickinson, ND; seven grandchildren: Samuel and Mitchell Honeyman, Kendall Christianson, Madison and Mae West, Cain Trhlik and Benton Kadrmas; great-granddaughter Kaylyyn West; brother Kenneth (Betty) Hair, Cheney, KS; brother Daniel (Barbara) Snohomish, WA; sister Susan Mancera, Yuma, AZ; her special cousin Beverly Farina, Chicago, IL; sister-in-law Donna (David) Haag, River Falls, WI; many nephews, nieces and amazing friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Trhlik, father Cletus Hair, sister Lorna Brace, son Scott Trhlik and her in-laws Emil and Florence Trhlik. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for 1:30pm Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Presbyterian United Methodist Church, Ellendale with Pastor Paul Henschen officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. A future burial service is planned in Bowman, ND next to her firstborn son and husband. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.
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