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Hulda Pankonin - June 07, 2012


Hulda Pauline Pankonin was the youngest of five children born to William Edward and Elizabeth Eva (Boehmer) Gloy on April 7, 1925, on the family farmstead in Perkins County, northwest of Grant, Neb. She died Thursday, June 7 at the age of 87 years and two months.
She was baptized on April 26, 1925, and confirmed on June 5, 1938, at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Hulda grew up on the farm and attended Trinity Lutheran parochial school through the 8th grade. She graduated from Perkins County High School in Grant in 1942.
Hulda married Victor Pankonin at Trinity Lutheran on Nov. 7, 1942. They made their home on the Otto Pankonin family farmstead in the Farmersville community northeast of Grant. To this union were born six children: Galen, Gilbert, Alvin, Kathryn, Charles and Russell. Vic and Hulda raised their family on the home farmstead.
In addition to their farming activities, the couple purchased Grant Sales Company in 1956. They held many livestock auctions over the years and found a special niche with sheep sales, which they held until closing the barn in 1974. Vic did the auctioneering and Hulda operated the cafe and kept the books. Hulda was known for her fried chicken, hot roast beef sandwiches and most of all, her assortment of pies. After the barn closed, she helped bake pies for a time at the local cafe.
Hulda was actively involved in the Trinity Lutheran Church and her faith was a key aspect of her life. She was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and served as a zone president for Nebraska. She was a longtime choir member and helped serve many funeral dinners with her cooking and baking ability. She was an excellent seamstress and belonged to the Trinity Ladies Aid quilting group that met weekly.
Vic and Hulda retired from the farm in 1977 and moved into Grant. After Vic died in 2005, she continued to maintain her home and live an active lifestyle.
On May 30, Hulda fell in the post office and suffered a broken leg. She was transferred to the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. While there, heart problems were discovered, along with a swallowing problem. After surgery to repair her leg, she developed pneumonia. On Thursday, June 7, she asked that no further measures be taken for her recovery and passed away later that day.
?Hulda enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren grow up and following their activities. She was able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding just three days before her fall.
In addition to her parents and husband, Hulda was preceded in death by her three brothers—Leonard, Harold and Reinhold Gloy and sister, Eleanor Hodde.
She is survived by her five sons and one daughter—Galen of Omaha, Gilbert of Temecula, Calif., Alvin (Lucretia Johnson) of rural Madrid, Kathryn Fattig of Lincoln, Charlie (Sally Evans) of rural Grant, and Russ (Lori) Pankonin of Imperial.
She also is survived by 17 grandchildren, Sonia Pankonin, Jeff Pankonin, Justin Pankonin, Danielle Raines, Aimee Pankonin, Casey Pankonin, Michelle Phifer, Ryan Fattig, Mandi Pankonin, Ashley Pankonin, Zak Pankonin, Brooke Lutz, Celeste May, Chad, Tyler, Melissa and Celeste Johnson; 19 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Wayne Pick officiating.
Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.