MAUREEN C. STORY
Maureen Camille Story, 82, a U.S. Air Force veteranoftheKoreanWar era, died peacefully in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 28, 2017.
A feisty New Yorker, born Oct. 1, 1934, "Aunt Maureen"honorably served her country from 1954-1956 at Snelling Air Force Station in Minneapolis as an intelligence operations specialist for the 31st Air Division of the Air Defense Command (ADC), now NORAD. She was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and promoted the Women in Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. After leaving the service, Aunt Maureen stayed in the Minnesota cold for nearly two decades, working as an accountant. She traveled internationally until relocating to California and then Las Vegas to care for her ailing mother. In the final year of her life, after her niece became her guardian, Aunt Maureen was flown by the VA to Jacksonville where she basked in the warm glow of family. A lifelong Catholic, she loved poetry, kittens and children. She was preceded in death by a brother, Air Force Veteran John H. Story, Jr.; her mother, Wanda Balcerak Story; and her father, John H. Story, Sr. Story is survived by her Jacksonville niece, Joni Story Hannigan (John); her great niece, Belinda Hannigan Brannock; her great nephew John J. Hannigan III (Melissa); great-great nieces Madelyn, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Hannigan, and Clare Brannock; and great-great nephews, John J. Hannigan IV (Joey) and Clark Brannock. She is also survived by nieces Ramona Story Steckmann-Crowell (Crandon) of Sandpoint, Ida., and Alexandra Dadovich-Story Santaella (Fernando) of Ely, Nevada; a great niece Katherine Steckmann Benjamin (Dan) of Mesa, Ariz.; a great nephew, Joseph T. Steckmann Jr. (Mikaela) of Sandpoint, Ida.; great-great nieces Isabella and Lillianna; and greatgreat nephew, Joseph T. Steckmann III. The family plans a memorial at Jacksonville (Fla.) National Cemetery.