Helen Mahoney Champe
August 30, 1925 – November 6, 2018
Lebanon-Helen Mahoney Champe, 93, of West Town St., passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. Helen was born August 30, 1925 in Littleton, NH, the daughter of the late Everett and Elizabeth (Jess) Willard Trousdale. Helen Spencer Trousdale Mahoney Champe passed into eternal fellowship rejoining her twin sister, Ilona, joining her mother Jess and father Everett. Also welcoming her are husbands Joe and John in addition to many dear friends and relatives. In 2015, we were blessed and happy to commemorate Mom’s 90th birthday. We were all overjoyed to celebrate her life. Her brother Bill recited a poem and her children all spoke. Love filled the room. Her friends were present, friendships acquired from Nursing, neighbors from Ox Hill and Attawan, parishioners from Lee Methodist, St. Patrick’s and the Congregational Church of Lebanon, friends from Medical Auxiliary and the Bridge Club (we still hear the laughter), all friendships solid and lasting. Plato wrote: “We are not here to get all we can out of life for ourselves, but to make other lives happy.” That she did! Her family was paramount. We were all exposed to art, books, music, and learning. Education was highly valued. She followed her mother’s footsteps into nursing. Her brothers and sister went on to higher learning. Mom persisted with self- education. She was the stay at home mom. She literally became a woman of letters, thousands of them. We can still see her sitting at her desk, Sunday night, writing. We were all fortunate to be updated with her frequent communications. Travel was part of our education, countries and cultures and indelible memories. If we chose, she encouraged and enjoyed our sports activities. Ellen was the most successful. Family gatherings at holidays were hosted at Ox Hill and Attawan. Judy’s generosity has carried on the tradition. Mom’s principles and moral compass were unwavering and she had her hands full with us! She was not sectarian, just religious. Methodist, Catholic, Congregationalist-all the same. Law benefits from rules. Morals separate right from wrong. She didn’t need rules-she made them, all this with dignity and humility. Mom had two lives. She was married to our father, Doctor Joe Mahoney for 49 years, raising our family, to become many families. After Dad’s death, Helen was able to find a new life, a soulmate and renewed energy with John Champe. They were happily married for 20 years until John passed away in August. We were able to celebrate his life last month with Mom, a heartfelt experience for all. Helen leaves behind her children Judy Snayd and her husband Dr. Richard Snayd of Lebanon, Dr. James Mahoney and wife Ruth of Milton, MA, Ellen Mahoney of Norwich, Margaret Mahoney and husband Pat Kelly of West Newbury, MA, Tom Mahoney and wife Barbara Phoenix of Woodbridge, Robert Mahoney and partner Colette Carter of Lyme, 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, step-daughter Suzanne Dobrowolsky and her two children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear brothers Bill Trousdale and wife Priscilla Meyer of Middletown, John Trousdale and wife Louise of MA and a loving extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. Finally, we recognize Mom’s loyal longtime caretaker, friend and honorary sister Emma Lah. In addition to her parents, husbands Joe and John, she was predeceased by her twin sister Ilona Stanwood, her daughter in law Sarah Russell and stepson Jeremy Champe. Helen’s family was most important to her. She was a very altruistic person who volunteered with many organizations including Hospice, the Haitian Health Foundation, Headstart and at the Uncas-on-Thames Hospital. Visitation will be held at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 3pm to 5 pm. A funeral service will be held Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, 588 Exeter Rd. in Lebanon at 12:30pm. Burial will be private for the family. Memorial donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the Haitian Health Foundation, 97 Sherman St. Norwich CT 06360 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. To leave a message of condolence for Helen’s family, please visit her memorial at www.churchandallen.com
- Calling Hours / Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, November 18, 2018
Helen Mahoney Champe
November 23, 2018
Dear Judy, Jim, Ellen, Margaret, Tom, and Rob:
So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Growing up with your family as neighbors at Attawan Beach was an important part of my life. Over the nearly 50 years that my parents had cottage across the street, the warm and caring friendship was greatly appreciated. Helen and my Mother were very good friends and enjoyed their times and many laughs together. In my Mother and Father’s later years Helen would stop in and visit whenever she was at Attawan. Words can barely express the feelings that one has at times like this, but the memories that were created will last forever. I am thankful to have had Helen and the rest of your family as a part of my life. God bless you all and may she rest in peace.
November 14, 2018
Dear Judy and Rick,
I was very sorry to read of your mother's passing. She was a beautiful and remarkable woman, and I know she will be missed. I will make a donation to the Haitian Health Foundation in her memory. My deepest sympathy to you at this sad time
November 13, 2018
I shall miss Helen and John too . We had many good times together.
Helen was a wonderful woman, so gentle and loving. I am so glad she had 20 years with John. They needed each other and I'm sure they found their lives together very satisfying.
My condolences to her family We shall all miss her.
November 12, 2018
Judy, Jim, Margaret, Tom, and Rob,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the passing of your mom.
Helen was a truly wonderful woman in every way: a Mom among a lot of really good moms whom our gang of high school buddies had the privilege to know and respect.
There's lots I'll personally remember about Mrs. Mahoney Champe, including that she made the trip to the funeral home to offer her condolences when my own mother passed away in 2012. Imagine my appreciation for that very generous gesture! It's eternal.
She'll be missed and yet I know each of you in your own way will keep alive the best of her many grace-filled qualities.
Love always for your whole family,
November 10, 2018
My heart is saddened to learn of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are extended to you and your family at this difficult time. Your mom was a kind and thoughtful lady. I always enjoyed seeing her and feel blessed to have known her.