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Helen Irene Aunkst
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1927
Death: Aug. 9, 2008

Helen Irene Aunkst, 80, of Aztec, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa. Helen was born Dec. 24, 1927, in Elwood, Ind., to Clarence and Lellie (Skinner) McPhearson.

She served as a corporal with the Women Army Corps during the Korean conflict. On July 6, 1952, Helen married John Thomas Aunkst. She lived in York, Neb., before moving to Aztec in 1988. Helen was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Aztec.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael in 2005; a granddaughter; a brother and a sister.

Helen is survived by seven sons, John (Paula) Aunkst of Aztec, James (Donna) Aunkst of Aztec, David (Rhonda) Aunkst of San Antonio, Texas, Carl (Rhea) Aunkst of York, Neb., Patrick Aunkst of Dallas, Texas, Robert (Laurie) Aunkst of York, Neb., and Shawn (Linda) Aunkst of Gibbon, Neb.; three daughters, Mary Ann (Ken) Downs of Nevada, Patty (Richard) Hartnett of Elwood, Ind., and Arlene (Randy) Wilson of Dallas; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Aunkst of Benedict, Neb.; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard McPhearson of Andrews, Ind.; two sisters, Judy Cool of McCool, Neb., and Mary Ballance of Califoria.
Local funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Nevada with Pastor Steve Williams officiating. Burial, with full military rites, followed at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Bethel Baptist Church, 201 Heiland Rd., in Aztec.

Memorials may be given in Helen's name to the Bethel Baptist Church in Aztec

Helen has been entrusted to Chet Ryan Mortuary and Cremation Services in Nevada, Iowa; (515) 382-3547. 
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter
Dallas County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28981299
Helen Irene Aunkst
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Helen Irene Aunkst
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May The Lord bless you and keep you. May The Lord shine His face upon you and be gracious unto you. May The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen!
- Gerhardt Leffler
 Added: Jun. 9, 2009

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