Jeanette (Jan) Jirele Mahoney

July 15, 1935December 22, 2012

77, of Chandler, Arizona passed away suddenly to go rest in God’s greatness on December 22, 2012. Jan was born on July 15, 1935, in Bixby, MN and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1953. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Mahoney. She is survived by her daughters Cheryl (Mickey) Laurent, Diney (Ken) Ransford, Patty (Terry) Rykhus, Ally Mahoney, and her son Jim (Kristina) Mahoney, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jan worked for Arizona State University as an Administrative Assistant for 29 years. Since retirement, she has been active in the St. Tim’s Women’s Fellowship, Kachina Chapter of Administrative Professionals, the OA Fellowship, and her greeting card ministry. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202. There will be a Family and Friends Sharing Reception immediately following the Mass in the church Fellowship Hall. Final arrangements entrusted to Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282. Please visit to leave Jan’s family online condolence messages.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 28, 2012

Jeanette (Jan) Jirele Mahoney

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Pat Symons

January 7, 2013

jan was my sponsor for over 4 years. Her willingness to share her time and heart was a blessing beyond measure. I will miss her cherry hello, laughter, encouragement,and can-do attitude.
I will miss her.

Laura Bolster

January 2, 2013

All of us at Curves were very sad to hear about Jan. She was always so happy and smiley, enjoyed working out and talking with the other members. Her enthusiasm and love for life is already missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family through this difficult time.

Julie Dauphinais

December 30, 2012

Dear Diney, Patty and Family,
Your mom was an inspiration to me for over two decades. Her love, enthusiasm, and commitment to our community was incomparable. Her light in the rooms will be missed. I will always remember her radiant smile and spirit. Love and healing to you and yours.

Sheila & Ken Reinke

December 30, 2012

We are so sad to hear the news about Jan. We just found out after returning from Ohio. We are so blessed to have known Jan. She was always so cheerful and positive and an amazing witness for the Lord. She will be greatly missed, but we know that Jan is now with the Lord. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

December 29, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Jan Mahoney's family. Jan and I spoke each morning at 6:30 as I was her OA sponsor. I am deeply saddened at Jan's passing. She was my program sister. I only wish I had known of her death sooner, but accept that I was to find out this day. I know each of her family so intimately though we never met. We had a daily communication history for over 17 years. What a wonderful woman she was and how caring of her family who meant everything to her. What a deep loss to the family but knowing she is with her Lord should bring comfort at this time. I will miss you my dear friend.

May you rest now in peace...........Suzanne Mitchell

Teresa & Jay Robinette

December 28, 2012

To Jan's Wonderful Family
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Jan was always a bright light in our office and after her retirement I always looked forward to my annual birthday wishes and Christmas cards. She was a special person and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be apart of her circle! Our deepest condolences.

Caryl DuBrock

December 28, 2012

All our thoughts and prayers for all of Jan's family. I had the joy to work with her starting in 1980 at ASU. Years after I left, she always had a smile and prayer for me and all my family. Jan really lived her faith. The service today was a lovely tribute to such a loving, kind person!

Stuart & Ellen Laing

December 28, 2012

Cheryl, Diney, Patty, Ally, & Jim,
Our hearts go out to you and your families at this time. Stuart and I were blessed to have Jan as our friend. As I mentioned in my card, the mere mention of her name brings smiles to our faces and warmness to our souls. Our lives have been enriched knowing her and the entire Mahoney family. Our sincerest sympathy and love to you all.

Dori Honovi

December 27, 2012

Jan was a wonderful woman; always kind, gentle and loving. She remained consistent in her love for God and others. You will be missed. I know you are dancing in heaven with Jesus.

Teri Tenge-Ohan

December 27, 2012

My life has been so enriched because I knew Jan! I was a student worker 20+ years ago at ASU and worked with sweet Jan. We became friends and stayed in touch all these years. In fact, I am so grateful I spoke to her in October. For over 20 years she NEVER missed my birthday. Truly a special friend. Her intense love for the Lord made her such a beautiful human being. She is now with him in heaven. I will miss you Jan. Rest in Peace. Love, Miss T (Teri Tenge)