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Helen McConnell

Helen McConnell


Helen Minifred McConnell

22.10.1947 – 7.11.2020

Helen passed away peacefully at home, where she had been lovingly cared for by her family.

Much loved wife of Ian.  Dearly loved mother of Alice and mother in law of Neil. 

Loved grandmother of Meabh, Hugh, Tiernan, Niamh and Ailbe.

Our thanks to the wonderful staff of Community Palliative Care and Community Nursing Services.

A kind soul, who will be greatly missed.


Due to current restrictions, a private funeral was held for Helen on Tuesday 17th November in

St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Flat.

If you wish to watch Helen's service, it has been placed below on this tribute page. 

You may also like to leave a personal message for Helen's family.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Helen to

Bendigo Health Foundation for Palliative Care, PO Box 126, Bendigo 3550.


Funeral Livestream


13 responses to “Helen McConnell”

  1. Jennifer Smart says:

    Helen you fought so hard to stay with us. And for that we are so grateful. Sleep peacefully.
    Ian and Alice thank you for all the love and support you gave to Helen, she was so lucky to have both of you . Our thoughts and love are with you at this very sad time All our love Jennifer Garry and family 💕💕💕💕

  2. Karen Maher says:

    Deepest sympathy to Ian, Alice and family.
    Helen was a kind and gentle friend for many years.
    Treasured memories
    Margaret Volk ( Dedman)

    Fondest memories of my Grade 4 Teacher..
    Will miss our little chats
    Karen Maher ( Dedman)

  3. Kerry and Peter Cameron says:

    Helen, we didn’t catch up very often after teaching in Maryborough in the 70’s, but I always looked forward to seeing you and hearing the latest about your lovely daughter.

    How proud you were! I will miss you!

    Sincere condolences to Ian and Maree and families.
    From Kerry and Cameron Family

  4. Helen and Frank Musk says:

    In loving memory of Helen.

    Deepest sympathy to Ian and Alice and family.

  5. Beverley Penwill says:

    Helen, we will miss your quiet and gentle presence at our Book Club, where we have known you for many years.
    Rest In Peace.
    With deep sympathy for Ian, Alice and family.

    From Bev Penwill and Manfred Scharhag

  6. Lyn Rowe says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to Ian, Alice and family on the passing of your precious Helen. Our memory of Helen – dignified, proud and a very classy lady. With warmest regards. Lyn Rowe and family.

  7. Lois & Noel Cawthan says:

    Loved sister-in-law of Lois & Noel Cawthan.

    We have so many memories of Helen since I met her on my first day of teaching at PS 2828, Maryborough East at the start of the 1971 school year.

    Ian, Alice & Maree, you did an amazing job caring for Helen at home in her final weeks of palliative care.
    Sincere sympathy to Ian, Alice, Maree and their families.

    Lois & Noel

  8. Pat and Ann Sharkey says:

    Helen was a lovely, gentle and cultured lady who overcame many health setbacks in life yet remained cheerful and battled bravely to the end.

    She provided good guidance and wise counsel to all, especially her grandchildren.

    We will greatly miss her.
    Sympathies to Ian, Alice, Maree and her extended family.

    The Sharkeys.

  9. Norma Rowe says:

    Helen, such a lovely and kind lady.

    Sleep peacefully.
    Deepest sympathy to Ian, Alice and family.

    From Norma Rowe

  10. Jo Johnson says:

    A privilege to have known brave, gentle, fun-loving Helen, and sincere thanks to Ian and the family whose devotion made her fulfilled life possible.

    From Jo Johnson

  11. Nola and Cam Cowled says:

    Deepest sympathy to Ian, Alice and family.

    Helen was such a lovely person and will be sadly missed.
    I will miss seeing her at Edwards!

  12. Bec Wheatley says:

    My deepest sympathies to Alice, Ian and their family. Helen was such a friendly person and it was a pleasure to spend time with her and see what a loving and devoted mum and grandma she was.

    With love,


  13. Jo, Niamh and Pat Walsh says:

    Sincere condolences to Ian, Alice and family.

Funeral Details

At the request of the family, a private service was held.