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Agnes Onken

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Agnes Bertha nee Helmkamp Onken, 93, of Carroll, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

A private funeral service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale on Thursday, Sept. 3, with Pastor Robert Wagner officiating. Organist for the service will be Ed Ludwig. Casket bearers will be Agnes’ grandchildren. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.

A recording of Agnes’ funeral will be available on Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home’s YouTube channel following the service, and a link will be provided on her tribute page on the funeral home’s website.

Those who wish to send cards and memorials may mail them to: The Family of Agnes Onknen, c/o Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, 705 N. Carroll St., Carroll, Iowa 51401.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may left for the family at

Born on Jan. 29, 1927, in Carroll, Iowa, she was a daughter of William and Frieda (Fricke) Helmkamp. Agnes was baptized on Feb. 20, 1927, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale by Pastor J.P. Schmidt, and she was confirmed on April 14, 1940, by Pastor Rudolf Herrmann.

She grew up on her family’s farm near Lidderdale and attended Immanuel Lutheran School. Agnes was married to Laverdos Onken on June 12, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Pastor Rudolf Herrmann. The couple farmed north of Carroll where they raised their family.

She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale where she was active with LWML. She served as the church organist for many years, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. Agnes was a 4-H leader for 25 years, she volunteered at New Hope Village, and she served on the Carroll County Iowa State University Extension Council.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and reading, and she loved attending the activities of her children and grandchildren. Agnes has made her home for three years at Accura HealthCare of Carroll where she received excellent care.

Agnes is survived by her children and their families: Sharon von Qualen (Ralph) of rural Carroll, Daniel Onken (Cathy) of Carroll and Duane Onken (Brenda) of Jefferson; eight grandchildren: Frieda von Qualen (Pat Smith), Emily von Qualen (Chris Belser), Peter von Qualen (Megan), Nathan Onken (Keli), Rachel O’Polka (Joel), Abbey Onken (Chris Pitts), Wesley Onken (Rachel) and Hannah Onken; eight great-grandchildren: Hudson, Ava, Maggie, Kaleb, Cailyn, Kashen, Braxtyn, and Dorthea; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Frieda Helmkamp; her father- and mother-in-law: Elmer and Carrie Onken; her husband: Laverdos, in 1999; two sons: David, in infancy, and Dale Onken; her brother: Carl Helmkamp; three sisters: Olga Hansen, Meta Youngblood and Ruth Helmkamp; and great-grandson Carter Pitts.

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