Funeral services will be Friday March 25, 2022, 10:30am at the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Thursday March 24 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the church. Burial following the service at Beaver Crossing Cemetery. Services to be live streamed on Facebook, Lauber Funeral and Cremation Service.
Gwendolyn Jeanne Pankoke was born November 25, 1929 in Walla Walla, Washington and passed away March 20, 2022 in Milligan, NE at the age of 92. Gwen’s Mother Lula Nelson died in child birth so her grandparents Carl & Margaret Nelson brought her back to Utica and raised her. Gwen attended Utica Public School through 5th grade. The family then moved to Beaver Crossing where she finished school, graduating with the class of 1949. Gwen went to Oklahoma City to help her Aunt and was a clerk at a store.
On December 10th, 1950 she was joined in marriage to Dean Pankoke. To this union seven children, David, Jerry, Patricia, Michael, Carol, Kenny and Annette were born. After Dean’s year of service in Korea, they moved to a farm near Beaver Crossing where they lived and raised their family. In 1996 they moved to Beaver Crossing after Dean lost his eyesight. Later, due to health concerns, they moved to Seward and later to Lincoln. Upon Dean’s passing, Gwen moved in with her daughter Carol and her family, returning to the life she loved, being on the farm. This is where she passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She will be sorely missed by all her family and the many friends she has touched with her kindness over the years.
During her life journey she was a member of Salem UMC where she served 2 years as the president of the United Methodist Women, and 1 year on the nominating committee. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, Kensington Club and later a member of the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Women, volunteering whenever she was needed until her health problems slowed her down.
Left to cherish her memory are sons & daughters; David & Gale Pankoke of Beaver Crossing, Jerry & Cheryl Pankoke of Grand Island, Pat & Leonard Wilsey of Lincoln, Mike & Peggy Pankoke of Beaver Crossing, Carol & Roger Capek of Milligan, Kenny & Christy Pankoke of Beaver Crossing and Annette & Jerry Allen of Pleasant Dale. 24 Grandchildren, 55 Great-grandchildren, special cousins Vicki & Brad Windsor and Sherri & Tom Gray, both of Oklahoma. Sister-in-law Pauline Gross of Colorado, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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