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 13, 2022
    Sarah Ryan says:
    I love him so much! He was great to talk to, play with, and to learn with. I miss him so much, but I know he is watching us down here ❤

  • March 13, 2022
    Randy Kraker says:
    Wolfgang’s desire to be a teacher, a mentor extended far beyond the doors of a school. I had just moved into an apartment, on the lower floor of Wolfgang’s home, and he asked me to go with him to attend a Poulterabend in Rothselburg…he explained that this once common event was now a rarity, and it was important to understand the past. I also learned…that if was important to Wolfgang, it was Important. He took me to my first game auf die Betze….another first was in Quidersbach, the night he met the love of his life Renate, beautiful Renate! So thank you my friend, thank you for so much, more than the space on this page.

  • March 13, 2022
    Mj Ryan says:
    I’m sad ):):): I miss you

  • March 13, 2022
    Wolfgang Ettmüller says:
    Liebe Frau Brenkolt, liebe Familie Ryan, mein herzliches Beileid. Als Kollege habe ich Wolfgang immer heiter und gelassen erlebt. Zu seinen Schülern pflegte er ein partnerschaftliches Verhältnis. Stets war er für sie da. Wolfgang wird mir als netter Kollege in Erinnerung bleiben.

  • March 02, 2022
    Ruth Mulligan says:
    Wolfgang was so much like my father who I lost 11 years ago. Being around Wolfgang reminded me of my father, and when I needed cooking advice, Wolfgang always had an answer. I enjoyed many meals and celebrations at Renate and Wolfgangs house before Covid. I will miss him dearly, and will keep his memories close to my heart.