We are heartbroken again as we announce the passing of our Mom, Helena (Lena) Mochula, only three weeks after our Dad’s passing.
Beloved wife of George for over 73 years. Mother of Marilyn (Ken), Elaine (Jim), Randy (Charlene) and Glen (Kris). Proud Grandma of Sarah (Mitchell) and loving Great-Grandma of Scarlett. Predeceased by her parents, Alex and Ethel (Towns) Clouthier, brother, Martin (late Evelyn) Clouthier, sister, Mildred (late Bernie) Coulas, and brother, Leslie (late Jackie). Survived by her sister Ruby (late Minor) Higginson. Remembered by many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.
Mom was a hard worker and everything she did had to be done just so. She was an impeccable dresser and very particular about her hair. She had many talents. She came from a long line of quilters and sewers. She loved making all kinds of quilts which she sold and more often gave away after putting so much work into them. Every spring she looked forward to getting out to the stores to buy flower plants that she lovingly placed around the yard at home in Madawaska. They made the place look so beautiful from the highway. She knew just the right plants and colors to buy to make everything look so nice. Mom always loved having her family around the kitchen table that accommodated all of us, to devour her labour of love, her cooking. She was a great cook, always saying that she wasn’t, but she was. We couldn’t wait to get home for all the special occasions that were celebrated, to enjoy the delicious meal that she would prepare for us. No one ever cooked roast beef and chicken the way she did. She could really make great desserts, I guess because they were her favorites. She always had her weekly routines around the house keeping it spotless, even up until the past 8 months. She missed those routines when they moved to The Pinewood Retirement Home in Pembroke, as there wasn’t much that needed to be done. She and Dad passed many hours playing cribbage and Yahtzee and they looked forward to a good game of cards when we came home for a visit. She took pleasure in having everyone join in when we had music at home, playing piano to Dad’s fiddle music. One of the things that she took very seriously was the rivalry between her and Dad when it came to who had the best hockey team, her Toronto Maple Leafs or Dad’s Montreal Canadians. Mom loved to talk about her childhood and her 73 years of marriage to Dad. She said she was blessed with that.
It is very hard for us to say goodbye, but we know that Mom and Dad are once again together.
Thank you to the staff at the Pembroke Regional Hospital for Mom’s care during her final hours and to her doctor, Dr. Alexander McLachlan. Thanks also to the staff at Chartwell Pinewood for welcoming Mom and Dad and for making their stay as pleasant as possible. Special thanks to Betty, Mom’s homecare helper. Mom always looked forward to seeing her every morning and she was so kind and caring to Mom.
Mom’s final care is entrusted to Heubner Funeral Home in Barry’s Bay. Thanks again Warren to you and your team for helping us during this difficult time for our family.
There will be no visitation. Cremation will take place and Mom will rest in St. Matthew’s cemetery in Madawaska, Ontario.