Wolfgang “Brenki” Brenkolt

November 29, 1947 - February 26, 2022
Wolfgang “Brenki” Brenkolt

Wolfgang Brenkolt,74, of Leland North Carolina passed away on February 26th, 2022. Wolfgang was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany on November 29th, 1947. He studied to become a teacher in Frankfurt, Germany. After graduating he lived his dream of teaching, travelling, and raising his family. He married the love of his life Renate Becker on the 4th of July 1979. Shortly after on June 6th, 1980, Renate and Wolfgang welcomed their daughter Carina.

Wolfgang was enthusiastic fan of soccer (Fussball) rooting for the Kaiserslautern Red Devils (Die Roten Teufel) and the German National Team. He loved to travel and was able to travel all over Europe with his family and travel trailer in tow. Wolfgang’s true passion however was cooking and entertaining. He loved having dinner parties and inviting all his friends and family and cook extravagant meals that would put 5-star celebrity restaurants to shame. While cooking and entertaining you would be sure to hear traditional German Music and songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s blaring through out the house creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Wolfgang never met a stranger just a friend he did not know yet.

Wolfgang and Renate moved to the United States in the spring of 2012 to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. Wolfgang’s memories and teachings will live on through his friend’s family and former students both near and far.

Wolfgang is survived by his wife Renate, Daughter Carina, Son in-law Michael and the light of his eye his Grandchildren Sarah, and MJ. Also, numerous friends, former students, and his extended family throughout the world.

A celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday March 13,2022 at 11:00am at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451 (910)383-3511

 

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  • March 12, 2022
    Heinz Werner und Evelin Seyler says:
    Liebe Renate, liebe Familie Ryan, in tiefer Trauer haben wir durch die Rheinpfalz vernommen, dass Wolfgang allzu früh verstorben ist. In den Jahrzehnten des Zusammenarbeitens an der BBSII war Wolfgang stets ein verlässlicher Freund, der mit seinem ausgleichenden Wesen sehr positiv auf das Klima im Kollegium und der gesamten Schule beigetragen hat. Er war den Schülern und Schülerinnen nicht nur ein guter, engagierter Lehrer, er war zugleich deren Lebensberater, sogar deren Freund. Wir werden ihn nicht vergessen. Er lebt in unseren Herzen weiter. Herzliches Beileid entbietet Heinz Werner Seyler Otterberg Dear Renate, dear Ryan family, in deep mourning we have heard through the Rheinpfalz, that Wolfgang has passed away all too soon. In the decades of working together at the BBSII, Wolfgang was always a reliable friend, who with his balancing nature contributed very positively to the climate in the faculty and the entire school. He was not only a good, dedicated teacher to the students, he was also their life advisor, perhaps even their friend. I will not forget him. He lives on in my heart. Sincere condolences Heinz Werner Seyler Otterberg

  • March 14, 2022
    Gerd Schulz, Mehlingen says:
    Liebe Familie Brenkholt, durch "Die Rheinpfalz" erfuhr ich von Wolfgangs Tod. Wir waren Kollegen an der Berufsbildenden Schule und unterrichteten auch gemeinsam an der IHK, KL. Die Erinnerungen gingen aber auch noch weiter zurück, weil wir beide in etwa den gleichen Weg des Studiums zurück gelegt hatten. Gemeinsamkeiten, die dann insbesondere weh tun, wenn ein Teil nicht mehr da ist. Für Euch ist es schmerzlich einen geliebten Menschen zu verlieren und jede Anteilnahme wird als wohltuend empfunden, die man in den Stunden des Abschieds entgegennehmen kann. Trotzdem bleibt die Trauer und man muß damit fertig werden. Ich drücke in tiefem Mitgefühl Eure Hand. Gerd Schulz

  • March 13, 2022
    Kathleen ryan says:
    Wolfgang you will be missed you welcomed my son to your family and your daughter gave us 2 beautiful grand children the o know you adored as do I..it was my honor to know you thank you for welcoming me to your family I will do my best to comfort them as best I can ..love Kathy

  • March 13, 2022
    Ilona und Jürgen Klein says:
    Liebe Renate, liebe Carina mit Familie, zum Tod von Wolfgang unser aufrichtiges Beileid. Wir denken immer wieder gerne an die schönen Stunden mit euch zurück. In lieber Erinnerung Ilona und Jürgen

  • March 13, 2022
    Ana says:
    Your memory will continue to live on in those of us who had the privilege of knowing you. May you RIP