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Helen Thomas Renken
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
    405 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    50 Folly Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
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“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...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Bill and Sylvia Beatty (Class of 58) - FL

“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...Read More »
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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.