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McCanna, Helen



Helen McCanna passed peacefully away last Saturday, April 23rd. She was the mother of Laurene McCanna-Dahl and Joseph ("Joey") McCanna III, and widow of Joe McCanna Jr. Helen lived in Albuquerque since moving here as a newly-wed in 1957. She taught many years for APS at Griegos, Cochiti, and Alameda elementary schools--touching many lives; even being the pivotal inspiration for several of her students to become teachers. She was active in her parish churches, being a greeter at San Felipe de Niri, and a religion teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe. She loved gardening, picking berries (on visits to Oregon!), and being creative with ceramics, sewing, decopage, and crafts. She taught in Germany where she met her husband Joe; and on the Hawaiian islands of Molakai and Oahu; and in Eastern Oregon. As a young woman, she represented Oregon at a convention of future teachers of America in Washington D.C., studied at Mount Angel College, and had a wonderful childhood growing up on a farm up-river from the small town of Toledo, Oregon.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe McCanna; her parents Henry and Mary Steenkolk; her younger brothers Charlie and John; her older siblings Lily Ebreck, Henry Steenkolk, and Mary Everett, and brothers- and sisters- in-law Janet McCanna-King, Peggy Brennan, and Pete & Virginia McCanna, Barbara Steenkok, Eiko Steenkolk, Elmer Everett, and Jack Ebreck.

She is survived by by her children; her grandchildren Sheena Dahl, Aslyn Dahl, and J.J. Treadway; her siblings George (and Bonnie), Bob (and Phylis), Joe (and Jan), Ed, and Richard (and Kristy) -- (all Steenkolk); her brothers in law Vernon King and Wilfred Brennan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The Rosary will be at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary this Friday, April 29th at 7:00 pm, on the corner of 4th St. and Alameda Blvd. The funeral service will be Saturday, April 30th at St. Joseph's on the Rio Grand (5901 St. Joseph's Dr. NW 87120) at 10:00 a.m., reception immediately following. Burial next week at Mount Calvary Cemetery, time and date TBA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Casa Angelica, Mount Angel Seminary in Mount Angel Oregon, or to .
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 28, 2016
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