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Helen Mahonen

July 5, 1929 - December 5, 2011


Helen Mahonen of Nelson BC passed away on Dec 5, 2011 at Kootenay Lake Hospital at age 82. Helen was born in Brilliant BC on July 5, 1929 to Harry J Planden and Lucy Planden. Helen was predeceased by her mother and father; husband Louis Choquette; husband John Mahonen; and her 4 brothers George, Harry, Peter, and Nick. She is survived by and will be missed immensely by her daughter Jonnine; her son Nathan (Bobbi); grandsons Brian, John, and Chris; special niece Loretta Strukoff; and many other beloved family members and friends.

She will be remembered for the strength and generosity of her spirit. To her children and several lucky others she embodied true unconditional love. It took a lot to slow her down, and she handled a series of recent health issues with a grace and strength that has inspired many. She faced challenges head on, just dealt with whatever had to be done, and moved on. Her great sense of humour helped her take it all on.

Helen took some time off work to raise her children when they were younger, but otherwise she worked outside the home for most of her life. She is likely known by most people in the area as a greeter at WalMart in Nelson where she worked from 1988 until her retirement at age 82 in June 2011. She loved her job at WalMart, it was her second family. She enjoyed the daily interactions with fellow workers and customers, and deciding to finally retire was not something that came easily for her. She really was a “people person”.

We would like to extend thanks and appreciation for the many levels of support during this last part of her time with us as she dealt with leukemia. Staff from multiple departments at KLH provided a steady stream of respect and care for which we are so grateful. The nurses on 3rd floor especially were there around the clock looking after her, laughing with her, and putting up with her sass. Dr Malpass provided a depth of medical knowledge as well as deep compassion. A solid core of friends and family provided the love and support we needed to help us through it all.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Michelle Klassen
Relation: Friend

Helen, you were a friend to all of us and we will miss you dearly. You always took an interest in our own families and that meant so much. Now you are an angel in heaven as you were an angel on earth. You will always have a place in my heart.

From: Anita Levesque
Relation: friend of daughter

Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Jonnine, during this difficult time. I wish you peace in the days to come and hope that you will find comfort in the many memories you have of your mother.

Love and Light to you – Anita and Bradley

From: Wendy mcaughlin
Relation: daughter in laws friend

Thinking of you all in this time of loss

From: Joan Billett
Relation: Friend

Jonnine & Nathan My thoughts and Prayers are with and your family at this time.

From: Wendy Gross & Ellen Waxman
Relation: Jonnine's friend

Jonnine, your undivided devotion to your mother and her boundless love for you says it all. We send our thoughts to you and your family. With love, Wendy and Ellen

From: Virginia Blanchard
Relation: Friend

My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Your mom was a wonderful lady. Even after I moved away, I would see her at Walmart on my visits home and we would chat. She always wanted to know how I was doing, what I was doing. She was always smiling, always so nice. Rest in peace, Mrs. Mahonen

From: Rose
Relation: Friend

I’m so glad I got to know Helen through Jonnine. I loved her generous and fun-loving spirit.
She’s missed already. I’ll sing a Russian song for her in my heart.

From: Correna Slavin (Gladdish)
Relation: Friend

Nathan, Jonnine and families; This was such sad news to receive. I think of your mother as one of the “mothers” that we all knew as kids while growing up in Blewett. Now, more than ever, it would be nice to go back and enjoy childhood again. My sympathy is with you and please know that I am thinking of you all.

From: Dawn Lovas and Teresa Avarino
Relation: friend

Jonnine and family,

Know that we are thinking of you and loving you from Toronto. I (tree) remember how sweet your mom was. Your love for one another was so evident and joyous. We love you and send you and your family much love. To dear Helen, rest now and thanks for making such a wonderful go at life (and for making Jonnine).

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 10, 2011
Beginning at 10:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

Interment to follow at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

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Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation

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