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Helen Leola Gunnink – Edgerton, Minn.: June 16, 1921 – July 12, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2013

Helen Leola Gunnink, 92, died Friday, July 12, 2013.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minn. Visitation is one hour prior to the services at the church.

The daughter of Gerhart and Gertie (Schelhaas) Broekhouse was born June 16, 1921, in Edgerton, Minn.

Helen attended Edgerton Christian Elementary and graduated from Edgerton Public High School in 1939. She loved playing center on the girls’ basketball team and had a strong competitive spirit. Those years provided many fond memories.

Helen worked as a sales clerk at Hartog’s Store.

She loved children and lived with her Uncle Bill and Aunt Jessie Huisken to help care for their first four children, for a time. She also wanted to become a beautician and went to ladies’ homes to style and wave their hair. On Feb. 23, 1945, she married Harold H. Gunnink at the Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton.

Following their wedding, they lived on a farm northwest of Leota, Minn. for 43 years, primarily involved in dairy farming.

They raised five children. She was a loving wife, dedicated mother and grandmother and faithful Christian. In 1988, she and Harold moved to Edgerton.

Helen was active in the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. The Ladies Bible Studies, the Grow Group and mission outreach activities were very important to her. She was a talented seamstress, led 4-H groups, enjoyed crafts, table games, laughter, card groups, and solving word puzzles.

Helen enjoyed quilting for the Southwest High School Circles. She made and gifted quilts to each of her grandchildren.

With a servant’s heart and a giving spirit, she gladly cooked, baked, and donated for church and school fundraisers.

For the last eight years she has resided at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Minn. where, on July 12, 2013, she died, exactly 60 years after her mother died.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Leila Huisken of Brookings, Gretchen (William) Zitterich of Ames, Iowa, and Carol (Jerry) Klumper of Elk Point; sons, Henry (Judy) Gunnink of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Gordon (Jamie) Gunnink of Griffith, Ind.; her only sister, Verna Buys; sister-in-law, Sebia Gunnink; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1997; son-in-law, Gary Huisken; brothers-in-law, William Buys, Frank Gunnink, and Gerrit Gunnink; and sister-in-law, Margaret Gunnink.

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