OBITUARY

Helene E. Connors

September 5, 1927January 9, 2021

Helene Elizabeth Connors was born September 5, 1927 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. After a brief modeling career, she moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 1950 to be close to her only sister and her family. She worked various jobs after moving and was introduced on a blind date to her future husband, Thomas, by her sister Kathleen and his brother George. Helene saw many changes during her lifetime but lived life to the fullest with her many friends and large family. She kept her mind sharp with daily jigsaw puzzles, word games and Wheel of Fortune. Many occasions were spent enjoying her favorite Mexican food and cheering on her beloved Denver Broncos. One of Helene’s greatest memories was when, in April 1975, she correctly guessed the “Secret Sound” on KHOW’s Hal and Charlie Show. She won a trip to Mexico and $5,000 in gold which she generously shared with her family.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Thomas, her infant son, John Patrick and her daughter, Sheila Beth. She is survived by her children Patrice (Roxie) La Sasso, Maureen (Mike) Garretson, Thomas J. Connors, Rosanne (Clint) Cator, Bridget (Greg) Hearon and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A small, limited attendee service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11am at Olinger Crown Hill, Lakewood, Colorado. Please understand that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, seating for the service in the chapel is limited to immediate family only; however, please feel free to join us immediately following at noon at the graveside (Crown Hill) for a tribute to Helene. A full celebration of her life with family and friends will be planned for later in 2021.

Donations may be made in her memory to foothillsanimalshelter.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Roxanne Montano

January 15, 2021

I remember Helene from nearly 60 years ago! The mother of my friend Patrice, and a very classy, busy and nice lady. I say busy because Roseanne was probably a baby at the time but Helene always took the time to be kind and make me welcome in her home. I always remembered the Shamrock in the driveway and in later years I was blessed to be able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with her and her family - and she gave me a parting gift that meant a lot to me. I don't know if Helene was Irish herself, but definitely the Irish had a large piece of her heart and her children. She was a prayer warrior and kept everyone's needs before God. I know that Heaven has celebrations at Helene's homecoming! I found this saying about a shamrock and thought I would pass this on to her family, because I will never see a shamrock that I don't think of her. "A shamrock will remind you that even though you're apart, her spirit is always with you - forever in your hearts."

God bless you all, Patrice, Maureen, Tommy, Roseanne and Bridget as well as your families. Helene will be dearly missed, but we will see her again! As the pastor said "Bless the memories in your heart and carry them with you."

Vanessa LaSasso

January 14, 2021

Grandma you always told me, how proud of me you were... You never forgot every moment I shared with you, every event in my life... every new chapter I was beginning, you will always be such a special place in my heart ❤️ the way you loved me was so warm and sweet I will never forget you... I miss you so much already. It has taught me to live different and more like you

I love you grandma
I miss you

Jeanie Grimes

January 14, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the family of my beautiful cousin who we all called Bebe. We had such wonderful conversations and kept in close touch all these many years. She always wanted to know how her relatives in Pennsylvania were doing. She was a wonderful generous person and so proud of her family. My love to all of you. Jeanie Grimes

Gwen Gilley

January 14, 2021

Helene has been a very dear friend ever since my mom and dad (Ralph and Sandy Gilley) moved in next door to her and Tommy and she immediately adopted us all as family. She has been incredibly thoughtful and generous to us all and she will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the family for your loss.
Gwen Gilley

Ralph and sandy Gilley

January 14, 2021

One of my fondest was her painting her rooms with a brush. No rollers please. She would give us reports on how far she got each time we would see her.

Joanie Culliney

January 14, 2021

So hard to say goodbye Grandma...you are going to missed so much. Such a beautiful woman ..always putting so much care into everything you did.. I bragged about you all the time. I couldn’t believe how well you knew us all and the creative thinking that went into knowing what to buy for so many.. each card you sent was so beautiful and your handwriting was always perfect. It would just amaze me how you never forgot any of us and put so much heart into all of us.. Thank you for loving my children and husband Brian so much.. I know Vanessa, Daniel, Joey, Michael and Brendan will miss you terribly.. they all loved you so much. We would giggle and still be talking about you after you left on how cute you were and how well you knew football.. it was so fun to banter with you... I will miss all your sparkle at every holiday...thank you for showing me what a woman if beauty, love and strength looks like until the end.. I am really going to miss you.. Rest In Peace my sweet Grandma .. until we see you again.. love, Joanie..

Rosalie A. Gizinski

January 13, 2021

My parents, Raymond J. Slattery and Mary Lillian Slattery, along with my aunt Margaret Slattery were long time family friends of Tom Connors and his mother, Loretta Connors, brother, George & sister, Margaret. We made many trips to Pueblo to visit with the family. Tom Connors used to come by our home to visit with our parents in Denver. I remember hearing the contest Helene won on the radio (I believe it was a knife scraping a toasted english muffin). Though I am the only survivor of the Ray Slattery Family I remembered the name when I saw it in the Denver paper. I now live in Seattle. May she rest in peace. Rosalie Slattery Gizinski.

Debbie Berg

January 13, 2021

Please accept my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your mother. I pray that you will be comforted at this time. I rejoice that your mother is with her husband, son, and daughter, Sheila, again! Sheila was the first person I met on my first day at Lakewood Junior High School. Although we did not become close friends, we always greeted one another and Sheila was always so sweet; she offered to share hot chocolate with me from a thermos at a Jr. High football game and always welcomed me to join in, things like that. I have often thought of her during the years since that tragic October night. When I saw your mother's name listed, I immediately knew she was Sheila's mother. I know she must have been a remarkable woman to have raised such a wonderful girl! I am so glad to know that they have been reunited! Debbie Coy Berg

Roxie LaSasso

January 13, 2021

46 years ago, I was immediately accepted by Helene as a son, she was the most sharing person I have known. Every night she included so many people in her prayers to share her love. She gave her heart to all. Mom will truly be missed.

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