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Helen Blunck

Helen Margaret (Reece) Blunck was born July 24, 1913, in Xenia, Illinois, to Martin & Loula (Ernest) Reece. She passed from this life on February 20, 2016, at the age of 102, in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Helen attended schools in Bedford and Mount Ayr, Iowa. She married Roy Beal and to this union, a daughter, Jean Louise, was born. They later divorced. Helen married Roy Blunck on July 19, 1934, in Grant City, Missouri. Three sons, Robert, William, and Donald and six daughters, Virginia, Loula Sue (died in infancy), Joann, Linda, Nancy, and Judy blessed the family.

Becoming an accomplished homemaker out of necessity during the 1940s, Helen grew and canned their food and made the children's clothing. She enjoyed learning to decorate, wallpaper, and upholster furniture for their home. She was a chaperone for her girls' basketball teams and a PTA president. She made beautiful May baskets for her girls to give to neighbors and friends. Helen liked to sketch and paint pictures. She loved to embroiderer, quilt, and create ceramics.

An excellent cook, her family will always remember her noodles and pies. Her door was always open to everyone and it seemed she was always home. Helen brought her mother to her home and lovingly cared for her over 13 years until she passed at age 97. In Helen's later years, she immensely enjoyed traveling out West to visit family.

Helen served as Mayor of Benton, Iowa, for over 30 years. She was active in the Republican Party. She also belonged to the Christian Church and Rebekah Lodge. Again caring for others, Helen was employed at Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, Iowa, for over 20 years.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents; her husband Roy; daughter-in-law Audrey (Fruendt) Blunck; her son Robert; daughter Judy Snedeker; daughter-in-law Joann (McGilvrey) Blunck; son-in-law William Rees; grandson-in-law John Kunstman.

Missing her now and forever from our lives are her children, Jean Davenport and husband Duane, Virginia Rees, Joann Trullinger, William Blunck and wife Kathi, Linda Sickels and husband Larry, Nancy Stephens and husband David, Donald Blunck and wife Mary Kathryn; son-in-law Don Snedeker; 26 grandchildren with 17 spouses; 39 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Frances Jeanne (Jean) Underwood of Denver, Colorado, and one nephew, Scott Underwood.

Memorials are for flower baskets for the Mount Ayr square beautification project.

  • Open Viewing

    February 23, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Visitation With Family Present

    February 24, 2016
    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    February 24, 2016
    11:00 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday February 24 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your mother. She certainly raised a good big family!

Posted by Isabelle Abarr - kansas city, MO - Acquaintance   February 23, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR JEAN BEAL, PARTICULARLY, WHO I ATTENDED BENTON SCHOOL WITH FOR SEVERAL YEARS. SORRY YOU LOST YOUR MOTHER, JEAN, AND LET ME ADD THAT ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE TIMES I HAVE OF YOU IS WHEN YOU TAP-DANCED AT OUR LOCAL PTA MEETINGS. HEARTFELT THOUGHTS GO TO YOU AND THE REST OF HELEN''S FAMILY.

Posted by LOLA (TRIGGS) LINK - MOUNT AYR, IA - Friend   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Blunck Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss of such a Great Lady. You have been blessed to have Helen in your lives these many years. She as all the other Benton Mothers, contributed to all of our lives, childhood to maturity.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Hold all these good memories and happy times close in your heart. Hugs,
The Cora Hall Family, Benton, Iowa

Posted by Linda Gayle Hall Liljeblad - Penn Valley, CA - Friend   February 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Grandmother - We come from a long line of strong women - women who have a tremendous amount of heart and courage...who can handle pretty much anything life sends them using the tools God gave them - love, faith, and elbow grease. We were lucky enough to have the kind of strong, beautiful example in our lives that we had in you. You''ve taught us so much about life and how to live it just by being yourself. We are so proud of you and love you for all you have done for everyone.

Posted by Joan Trullinger - Muscatine, IA - Grandchild   February 21, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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