By Correne Martin
Sisters Trinity and Lena Bartels were always together. They were sweet girls with angelic faces, who enjoyed traveling with their parents and were blessed with a zest for life. They were bright, shining spirits within the small community of Wauzeka, where they attended school their entire lives.
But, on Jan. 19, 2016, the unthinkable happened.
A house fire that started late in the night on Jan. 18, and continued into Jan. 19, claimed the girls’ young lives. Just as they always were in life, they were together when they died.
The community of Wauzeka remains devastated over the tragic loss of two of its most innocent. Although, in a way, as tragedy sometimes does, the fire’s aftermath has seemed to bring the community closer. Also, the support, love and prayers have meant so much to the girls’ parents, Adam and Rebecca Bartels.