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Sanker, Helen

Sanker, Helen

August 30, 1946 — October 24, 2018

Helen (Gros) Sanker, age 72, of the Kansas City Northland, passed away after a long battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at NorthCare Hospice House. Visitation for Helen will be Monday, October 29, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1357 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116. Rosary will be prayed at 5:45 p.m. with the Visitation to follow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Church.  The Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church. Burial to follow at Forest Hill Calvary Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Helen was born the daughter of Edward and Martina Gros of Wheaton, KS. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of the home; daughter, Denise Sanker (Randal Keith), Blue Springs, MO; daughter, Karen Goodsell (Dan) and grandchildren, Danny and Sofie Goodsell, all of Garfield, AR; her siblings, Charles Gros (Diane), Paxico, KS, Lawrence Gros (Brenda), Topeka, KS, Mary Riniker, Topeka, KS, Regina Butts (Bob), Mayetta, KS, Laura Seward (Kevin), Lee’s Summit, MO and Lucy Gros and daughter Hannah who was like a granddaughter to Helen, Kansas City, MO, plus many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other family members. In addition, Helen is survived by her foreign exchange students that she and Lawrence hosted: Ana Maria Calle and family, Peru, Sofia Romina Douaihi Acosta and family of Florida, Jacqui Antonietti and family of California, Lenonardo Pino Werlinger of Chile, Gerardo Douaihi and family of Florida and Hildebrando Douaihi of Venezuela.

Helen and Larry celebrated 52 years of marriage in September of this year. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Helen especially enjoyed all things related to cooking and spending time in her kitchen trying new recipes. Helen was a member of the Laureate Delta Pi chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to either of the following in Helen’s name: St. Patrick School, 1401 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116 or NorthCare Hospice House, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, 2nd Floor, North Kansas City, MO 64116.

Service Information

Visitation for Helen will be Monday, October 29, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1357 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116. Rosary will be prayed at 5:45 p.m. with the Visitation to follow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Church.  The Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church. Burial to follow at Forest Hill Calvary Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131.

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I will always remember the wonderful summer visits we had with Uncle Larry, Aunt Helen, Dee and Karen in KC and back here in Cleveland. Sharing big fish bowls of Friendly’s ice cream💕

Kim Shepard

Oh, my dear cousin, Helen...how you will be missed! There are some bright lights in our lives that shine a bit more brilliantly than most, and Helen was certainly one of those people! Kind, creative, funny...quick to be available to guide or assist, Helen was a beautiful example of how to navigate life with a positive attitude. I have been inspired often by her wit and her compassion for others. Helen was a master cook & baker and creatrix of fabulous desserts that were guaranteed to tempt us off whatever diet we were on, laughing wickedly when we were powerless to resist, giving in to the temptation. Helen is among the finest people I will ever be lucky enough to know and love. Rest in the knowledge that you made a huge difference in our lives, sweet Helen, and that you are loved beyond measure by all of us left here who must find a way to go on without your beautiful grace and kindness lighting up our lives. Fly free, surrounded in love. XOXO

Colleen Gardner

Aren’t we all so lucky we knew and loved her? Sending love to all those gathered.

Joanne Gardner Lowell

So sorry for your loss. I am so glad Doreen Nd Ned got to see you before your illness got worse. May she Rest In Peace with family in heaven

Will and Del Shepard

Sending sympathy to all the members of a wonderful family.

Sandra Vaught

So sorry to hear of Helen's death. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

Lois Roggenkamp

I am so sorry for your loss and wish that the many special memories you hold in your hearts will help you through this sad time. I have fond memories of the times Helen and I spent together.

Kathy Walsh McEntire

My prayers go out to all of you, Helen was a very special woman she was so good to me as a young girl. I am saddened for Larry, Karen and Dee and their families. May God fill you with his peace and know that she is in heaven with Him....and my mom Lilly.

Michelle Garcia

So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad and difficult time.

Arnetta Burgess

Dear Lucy, Hannah and family- So very sorry for your loss. I believe I met Helen over the years- one of Lucy’s many wonderful family members. I know I met Denise during Pottery Barn Kids days. I know Helen is a very special person and will be missed by all. You have gained an angel in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, Christine Ojile

Christine Ojile

So sorry to hear of the passing of Helen. Out thoughts and prayer are with you Larry,, Denise and Karen.

John and Mary Jo McNerney

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