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Helen Irene Leary

August 29, 2011

Helen Irene Leary, 74, of Petersburg, passed away on Aug. 24, 2011.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Fedak Punk, and also preceded in death by three brothers, William, Leo, and Johnny Punk; and four sisters, Ginka Punk, Mary Vannatter, Aggie Johnson, and Millie Vanderneck.
Mrs. Leary served in the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service as an operating room nurse. She was a member of The Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Festival Committee for the outside food booth, and the WOW group, a dedicated volunteer at the SPCA- Petersburg and Colonial Heights Chapter, The American Legion Post# 2, an operating nurse at MCV, AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses), Retired Officers Association, AARP, the Fort Lee Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses Club, and the Virginia Nurse’s Association.
She is survived by her daughter, Zonya Letson and husband, Matt of Wilmington, N.C.; two grandsons, Whitman and Charlie Letson; brother, George Punk and wife, Judy; a sister, Irene Sundberg and husband, Allan; and a brother-in-law, Jack Vanderneck. The family would like to thank all of the friends of Mrs. Leary for their love and support and friendship over the years. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 at The Church of the Sacred Heart. Interment will be Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA of Petersburg & Colonial Heights, 201 Temple Ave. Suite E, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, or to The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 9300 Community Lane, Petersburg, VA 23805. Condolences may be registered at

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