December 28, 1913 - March 8, 2014
Resident of Santa Clara
On Saturday, March 8th, Helen passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Clara. She was 100 years old. Helen was born in Libertyville, Ill. in 1913, the oldest of three children born to Eugene and Mary Trenner. Helen married, lived and worked in the Chicago area and later moved to California with her daughter, Sandra Larson, and married Gordon Rollman at Moffett Field in 1959.
For 25 years Helen and Gordon led annual Serenity Retreats, sharing experience, strength, and hope with members of recovery fellowships. In 1982, Helen was recognized by the National Council on Alcoholism and received the Bronze Key Award for her outstanding contributions to alcoholism awareness, public education, and special volunteer services to children and families.
Helen was also honored with the Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award for making significant contributions to the understanding of chemical addiction while supporting strong recovery principles with personal passion. Helen and Gordon were active in Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara and attended many military functions including retired officer's luncheons and Navy reunions. The couple's international travels included Italy, Germany and a visit to Helen's mother's childhood home in Ireland. Helen also enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and bird watching.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, sister (Sister Mary Eugene Trenner, with the Little Company of Mary), and brother, Lawrence "Bud" Trenner. She is survived by her grandchildren, Ray and Sharon Wilkerson, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends who will miss her orchids, homemade jam and love of See's Candies.
Family and friends wish to thank the staff at LivHome for Helen's care and the many friends and neighbors for their countless acts of kindness.
Visitation begins Wed., March 19th at 5:00 pm, with a Vigil at 7:00 pm at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mtn. View. A Funeral Mass will be held Thurs., March 20th, 9:30 am at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2800 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Dr, Los Altos.