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 08, 2022
    Gino & Connie says:
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wolfgang will be remembered as warm and welcoming, as well as you dear Mother, Renate. May God Bless you and keep you all close in heart.

  • March 08, 2022
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  • March 07, 2022
    Herbert Eckhard says:
    Mit Bestürzung haben wir vom Tod unseres Freundes und ehemaligen Nachbarn Wolfgang erfahren! Wir sprechen Dir liebe Renate und Dir liebe Carina mit Deiner Familie unser tiefes Mitgefühl aus und wünschen Euch alle Kraft für die jetzt anstehende schwere Zeit! Herbert und Gerda Eckhard, sowie Frank und Thorsten mit Familien

  • March 06, 2022
    Katja Koenig lit a candle:
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  • March 06, 2022
    Katja Koenig says:
    Wolfgang war so ein herzlicher, liebevoller, wundervoller Mensch. Er hat phänomenal gekocht und immer dafür gesorgt, dass wir uns bei ihm wie Zuhause fühlten. Er liebte seine Familie so sehr und kümmerte sich wunderbar um sie. Jeden Menschen behandelte er respektvoll. Er war ein tolles Vorbild für uns alle. Wir haben ihn mächtig lieb und er wird meinen Töchtern und mir sehr fehlen. Wir werden ihn nie vergessen. Unser zutiefst empfundenes Beileid.