Cornelia Elizabeth “Betsi” Robbins Treppel
February 14, 1944 - April 20, 2019

Cornelia Elizabeth Robbins Treppel, better known as Betsi “Grne” Treppel, died
peacefully in her sleep at home in Carolina Beach, NC in the early hours of Saturday
morning, April 20, 2019. A memorial service will be held on June 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the
First Baptist Church, Carolina Beach, NC (409 N. Lake Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428).

Betsi was born in Dunn, NC on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) in 1944 which is fitting
since she had one of the biggest hearts and greatest sense of giving to all of her family and
friends. Betsi never knew a stranger; offering advice, shelter and a great meal to anyone who
crossed her path.

Betsi is pre-deceased by her husband, David Treppel, and survived by all of her sisters,
including Jane Taylor Robbins Mathews of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Patricia Robuck of
Gambrills, Maryland, and Dava Villapiano of Wilmington, North Carolina; all of her
children including Lynn and Jeff, Leah, Michael and Alison , Mathew and Marlies, Marah
and Trey, 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and
friends around the world.

Earning a Bachelors Of Science in Nursing in 1988, a Masters of Business
Administration in 1998, as well as serving as a volunteer officially and unofficially in multiple
states for numerous occasions and events, Betsi was always an amazing caretaker and trusted
ally. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The sisters and children will host a reception to celebrate Betsi’s life immediately
following the service in Carolina Beach at a place to be announced. The family requests that,
in lieu of food or flowers, donations be made in her name at a charity of your choice.


  • Nancy Watts Posted April 25, 2019 2:18 pm

    You all are a beatufiul family. I’m so sorry for your loss..

  • Barbara Anderson Posted April 25, 2019 3:30 pm

    Farewell to a unique and Amazing lady who gave so much to so many You will be missed

  • Cindy corn gorman Posted April 25, 2019 3:44 pm

    It is with such sadness that I am reading of Betsis’’ passing. Knowing that she and Dave are together again gives me some comfort.
    My memories are long , and deep, and heartfelt. My condolences to the family

  • Diane Serine Maher Posted April 25, 2019 4:38 pm

    How well I remember the shining light that was Betsi. She was indeed a special woman. My sympathy goes out to all of you Treppel “Kids” and your families.

  • Lynn Thompson Posted April 25, 2019 6:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss and hoping she’s at peace ❤️
    Lynn Thompson

  • Patricia Fusco Posted April 25, 2019 6:53 pm

    Tony and I are very sorry to learn this sad news. Betsi will always live in our hearts.

  • Carmen Evans Posted April 25, 2019 7:50 pm

    Gone too soon. So sad for your family.

  • Margaret Penta-Roberts Posted April 25, 2019 7:59 pm

    Your mom and dad opened their home to us Penta kids , we will always remember her. I loved her laugh and the way she made everyone feel special. Wishing her peace.

  • Cindy Lietz Vild Posted April 26, 2019 2:17 am

    Condolences to this wonderful family. I have several fun memories with all of you.

  • Anna A. Dethmers Posted April 26, 2019 4:51 pm

    David and I were so sorry to hear about Betsi. We have such good memories from our time together in NJ…she was kind, loving, sharp as a tack, and fun. Hugs and sympathy to the whole Robbins-Treppel clan.

  • Judy Wheeler Posted April 26, 2019 4:55 pm

    Remembering Betsi, she was very special, so sad to learn about her passing. Too soon, missing her, and praying for her and her family.

  • Kira McLaughlin Posted April 29, 2019 8:25 am

    Besti was so special lady. We both had lots of laughs and fun. My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family as well. She will be missed.

  • Claire Wegner Posted April 29, 2019 3:41 pm

    So sorry to hear about Betsiy passing I forever will have fond memories as neighbors in New Jersey Sincerely Claire Annie as she called me

  • Deborah Daniels Salfer Posted May 31, 2019 12:20 pm

    Good friend to all and a wonderful neighbor, with a ready laugh and quick wit.

  • Ramona Young Posted September 5, 2019 12:18 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Betsi’s passing. My sincere condolences. We were friends in Ocean Twsp, NJ when our children were growing up. Unfortunately, we lost contact just living our lives. I thought of her today because of the hurricane headed her way. I now live in Florida.

  • Gus Posted March 10, 2023 12:13 pm

    Now then forever your my hero

    Thank you

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