Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery

10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ


Nancy Koreen Gawkoski

January 22, 1941June 5, 2019

Nancy K. Gawkoski, née Jaynes, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2019. Nancy was born on January 22, 1941 in Coldwater, Michigan, daughter of Oran W. Jaynes and Mary E. Johnson. Nancy joined the U.S. Air Force in December 1960 and left just after her marriage in November 1962. She continued working for the U.S government as a civil servant until her retirement in 1995. Nancy became an accountant and spent the latter part of her career with the U.S. Department of Defense - Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). Within her role, she traveled extensively with trips to Europe, Thailand, Singapore, and New Zealand. After retirement, Nancy moved to Arizona and volunteered with the local library recording books on tape and she also worked for an Arizona school district as a teacher’s aide.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Dennis Jaynes; her children, Leslie Gawkoski, Lisa Schmidt, and Edward Gawkoski; and by her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she adored with all her heart.

In-lieu of flowers, a Memorial Contribution can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Nancy K. Gawkoski.

Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Thursday, July 11 at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life following the interment at 538 S Upham St, Lakewood, CO.


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Nancy Koreen Gawkoski

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Ginger Whitefield

June 23, 2019

I have so many memories. Breakfast club, going to plays and of course Friendly Confines better know as FCs. I remember spending Christmas at Nancy’s with our kids. She was a voice of reason in our trio of friends. Love to Leslie, Lisa and Eddie and their families.

Lynne Tracey

June 18, 2019

These are the blankets Nancy made for me throughout the years. I can always picture her sitting in her big chair crocheting. She was amazing!