Helen Marie (Gaukler) Hankey, 94, of Staples, died September 13, 2019.
A memorial service will be held Sat., October 19, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.
Helen was born in Lidgerwood, North Dakota on March 5, 1925. She graduated from Saint John’s School of Nursing in Fargo. While working at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis a mutual friend introduced her to Robert Hankey whom she married in 1947. Together she and Bob raised seven children in Staples. Helen was a nurse, director of nursing and assistant hospital administrator. After retirement, Helen and Bob traveled around the United States and spent much time with their children and grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; one sister, Betty; one brother, Bob; sons-in-law Greg Hani and Steve Otteson; one grandson, Charlie and one great-grandson, Brandon. Her brother, John, died September 29.
She is survived by her children MaryKay (Bob) Burfeind, Allain, Toni Otteson, George (Lenore), John (Denise), Michele (Don) Anderson, Bobby (John) Wangaard; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary and Norma and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials preferred to Sacred Heart Area School in Staples.
Arrangements are by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.