← View All Tributes

Helen Mahonen

Tribute Notifications

Click below if you would like to be notified when a new tribute is posted.

Sign Up

← View All Tributes

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.


Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

Pages: 123

From: Marjorie Planiden
Relation: distant relative

To Nathan and Jonnine.
Your mother was truly a Great Aunt Helen(as we often called her) who thought of everyone else and we couldn’t help but touch all of us. I recall the sacrifices she made when she made a special trip for Gramma T to see her grandson(my son) at a critical in his life.We are all truly blessed to have known her.

From: Madeleine Prive
Relation: friend/relative to family

I shall miss Helen as the Wal-Mart greeter,she was always there with a smile and a short conversation,she was a beautiful lady.

From: Linda Hoodikoff
Relation: Aunt by marriage

Jonnine, Nathan and family,
Our deepest condolences on your loss. Your Mom was

From: Linda Hoodikoff
Relation: Aunt by marriage

Jonnine, Nathan and family,
Our deepest condolences on your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful lady, so kind and thoughtful. She will truely be missed. We loved her very much.
Linda, Scott, Jodie Hoodikoff and family

From: Theo & Isabel
Relation: Work

We will miss you Helen. You taught us well.

From: Delphi Hoodicoff
Relation: related on the Planedin side

I will always remember Auntie Helen’s ever-ready smile and amazing energy. She was a friend to so many people. As a teenager I worked in Woolco (now Walmart) with Helen…and she was there when I got married…when my grandmother (Una Voykin) passed away…when I had my first baby. And I could always count on catching up with her when I went into town to do some shopping. I still look for her in Walmart…I imagine this habit will take some time to break. She was an a wonderful person and we will miss her. Sincere condolences to the family…may you find strength from the many wonderful memories.

From: Morgan and Joyce Gladdish
Relation: neighbours

To the Mahonen Family. You are in our prayers at this sad time.

From: Lori Heximer (Billett)
Relation: friend

Thinking of you Jonnine and Nathan at this sad time. I have lots of fond memories of your mom from growing up in Blewett. Also from seeing her at Wal-Mart in Nelson she always made time to come over and say hi and ask about my family. Thinking of you.

From: Tom & Carol Ann VanIderstine
Relation: Mother in law to my daughter

We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Helen. We know what a fine woman she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jonnine, Nathan and your families.

From: Gloria Reibin
Relation: acquaintance

Sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing, Jonnine.

She was such a bright light to everyone who knew her, and always made us feel special when we saw her at Walmart, taking an interest in how we were doing.

Molly and Walter will really miss her, too.

Pages: 123

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

Memorial Gifts

Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation

#3 View Street, Nelson Britsih Columbia, V1L 2V1


Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

default-floralFloral Tributes may be ordered directly through our supplier. Please have the name of the deceased, the funeral date, the address and phone number of the delivery location for handy reference:

621B Herridge Lane, Nelson, BC V1L 7B3
Phone: (250) 352-5592

2870 Georama Rd, Nelson, BC V1L 6Y7
Phone: (250) 352-3468 / Toll Free: 1(800) 712-6797

Flowers & Yoga Studio
513 A  Front Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4B4
(250) 505-5222


Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Helen Mahonen

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes

Home | FAQs | Obituaries | Send Condolence | Services | Resources | What Do I Do | Preplan | Contact

© Thompson Funeral Services Ltd. | Site Map | Admin Login