Helen Thomas Renken

  • Born: June 4, 1936
  • Died: April 28, 2018
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Thomas Renken, 81, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of Carl Edward Renken, entered into eternal rest Saturday, April 28, 2018. Her Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King Street at 12:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Bethany Cemetery. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Helen was born June 4, 1936 in Centenary, South Carolina, daughter of Owen Francis Thomas and Sophie Gehlken Thomas. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1954. Helen was crowned Miss Charleston High School and was first runner up in The Miss Charleston Beauty Pageant. She married her husband, Carl, in 1958 and devoted her life to serving God and her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Frederick Hackemann Renken (Jessica) and Carl Edward Renken, Jr., both of Charleston; and four granddaughters, Harlan, Tanner, Helen, and Frances.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 50 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29407.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Helen had a great personality. The picture accompanying her obituary captures her as I remember her -- full of life! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC   April 30, 2018


Posted by Cathy Gunnells - Charleston, SC   April 30, 2018

My name is Cathy Gunnells. I babysat Freddie & Eddie in Sandhurst when each was brought home. Raised up with Robin Renken. I loved Aunt Helen and I am so sorry of her passing. Aunt Helen & Uncle Carl and all the Renken's, my best childhood memories were at the farm and Folly Beach. Aunt Helen had a big impact on me. Love to all the family.

Posted by A friend   April 30, 2018


We are so sorry to hear of Helens passing. She was the most delightful person to be around. Always a smile on her face and you just knew she would have something to say that was going to be funny and cause laughter and happiness. We feel fortunate and blessed to be part of her circle of friends. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Bill and Sylvia Beatty (Class of 58) - Dunedin, FL - Friend   April 29, 2018

You have my deepest symphony on the loss of your mother. We were classmates back at Charleston High, also your father Carl. The last time I saw them was our 50th high school reunion. Even back in high school your mother was a delightful and kind lady. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Francine Boyd Miler - Summerville, SC - Acquaintance   April 29, 2018

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