Helene Emilie Bernhardt Kunkel, age 98, died Sept. 26, 2013, at Hamilton Hospital in Olney, Texas. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 28, 2013, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Olney, Texas, with Rev. Sean Reeves, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at the St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery in Olney. Arrangements were under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Helene was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Olney, Texas, to the late A.A. and Martha (Jentsch) Bernhardt. She had worked in the retail business and was a devoted homemaker. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Olney, Texas, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Helene lived her life in service to her Lord and her family. She married Oscar M. Kunkel on Oct. 27, 1946, in Olney and they made Olney their home for their 63-plus years of marriage. Oscar preceded her in death on Febb. 18, 2010. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald Oscar Kunkel in 1950, six brothers and four sisters.
Helene is survived by her son, Perry Kunkel and wife Dianna of Olney, Texas; two grandchildren: Jarrett Kunkel of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Emily Purtell and husband Jason of Arlington, Texas; and three great-grandchildren: SeVayne Kunkel, Ashlyn Kunkel and (soon to be) Emerson Purtell.
Family visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, from 6-7 p.m. at Lunn Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Box 626, Olney, Texas 76374.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.