Mildred Inez (Fredriksen) Trahnstrom

June 17, 1931 ~ December 17, 2020 (age 89)

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Mildred Inez (Fredriksen) "Millie" Trahnstrom, 89, of Wellsboro, passed away peacefully December 17, 2020 at Broad Acres Nursing Home.  


She was born June 17,1931 In Mt. Vernon, NY to Frank and Inez (Eliason) Fredriksen.  A high school cheerleader, she graduated from A. B. Davis High School and on September 1, 1951, married John Robert ("Bob") Trahnstrom.  They shared 65 years of marriage, raising four daughters in Miller Place, NY, before retiring to Wellsboro in 1989.


Their 30 years in Wellsboro fulfilled a lifelong dream of a place in the country with property for family to gather, on which they grew a pine forest, stocked the ponds with fish, and harvested apples and raspberries.  Millie enjoyed sharing her homemade applesauce and well-loved raspberry jelly with all her family and friends. She moved from the farmhouse to reside at The Laurels in 2018, readily calling it her home, and forging new friendships. 


A homemaker, Millie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who lived her Christian faith in her daily life, serving in her earlier years as a Sunday School teacher, and member of the choir.  She and Bob were active members of First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro, and faithful volunteers at the Wellsboro Food Pantry.  Both loved music, and Millie enjoyed time singing with the Wednesday Morning Musicale, as well as the camaraderie of friends at her exercise class.


Millie is survived by four daughters: Jean Enderle of Mansfield Center, CT, Ellen Pelletier (Gregory) of Cold Spring, MN, Jennifer Testa (Ed) of Mt. Sinai, NY, and Barbara St. Hilaire (Doug) of Coon Rapids, MN.  She is also survived by a brother: Leonard (Judith) Fredriksen of Barefoot Bay, FL, 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters: Greta Russell and Doris Crown.


Millie was known for her ready smile, her quick wit, and her love of laughter with good friends. She often told her children that, "Life has many chapters".  Her passing ends a chapter in Wellsboro for her family's life as well. She leaves behind a wealth of treasured friends at First Presbyterian Church and in the Wellsboro community who became her second family.  Their kindness and love for her has been a cherished gift.


Due to social restrictions surrounding Covid-19, there will be a public memorial service at a later date. Millie's family has entrusted her arrangements to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA.  Anyone wishing to share a memory or a condolence with her family should visit  In lieu of flowers, Millie's family would encourage donations to be made to her church:  First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro 130 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901, or the Wellsboro Food Pantry c/o Wellsboro United Methodist Church PO Box 547 Wellsboro, PA 16901.

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Wellsboro Food Pantry
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130 Main St., Wellsboro PA 16901

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