BRISTOL — Helen Frances McConnell, of Bristol, passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 2, 2018, due to complications of sarcoidosis. She was 60 years young.


Helen was born on September 24, 1957, in Elmer, New Jersey, to Raymond and Alice McConnell. She lived in New Jersey for 44 years before moving to New Hampshire in 2001, with her three youngest sons, where she later studied to become a Reiki master and hypnosis therapist. She later opened her own business, Hypnosis for Life Change. Helen also taught classes at the adult education program in Laconia and yoga classes at Sacred Waters located in Meredith, only to name a few of her many accomplishments.

Helen loved Mother Nature and all she had to offer. You could often find her outdoors, hiking, planting flowers, weeding her garden and walking her beloved dogs. She loved going to Strathmere Beach with her children and grandchildren. She was a very loving, loyal and spiritual person. She was a strong woman with a big soul and a beautiful heart. She healed herself through community connection and then gave back in kind through the contribution of her healing gifts and unconditional giving in countless forms. She always offered words of wisdom and positive energy. Helen had always dreamed about visiting Peru one day and was finally able to make that dream happen last year. She absolutely loved it!

Helen is survived by her eight children, George McConnell of Greenwich, New Jersey, Aja Montague and her husband Michael Montague of Laconia, Tara Deal and her fiancé Joseph Lemming of Elmer, New Jersey, Jessica Deal of Lansdown, Pennsylvania, Mariah Hoffmann of Woodstock, Elijah McConnell of Elmer, New Jersey, Paul Hoffmann Jr. of Bristol, and Tiarnan McConnell-Hopkins currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; her six grandchildren; and her eight siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Alice McConnell of Clayton, New Jersey; and her brothers, Denny McConnell of Franklinville, New Jersey, John McConnell of Franklinville, New Jersey, and Joseph McConnell of Auroa, New Jersey.

A celebration of life for Helen McConnell will be held Sunday, May 20, at the Tadaro Center, Northwoods Camp, Mirror Lake. In her memory, we hope to bring her birth family and her extended community together in one soulful and joyous gathering. The Tadaro Center at Northwoods Camp holds many, so check out the plan below and come when you can:

9 to 10:15 am: Optional All Levels Yoga
 (this is the time when Helen taught yoga for many years). Bring a mat if you have one, if not, no worries.

11 a.m. to noon: Remembrance Circle
 - Contribute a memory, a communication from your heart or just listen and connect.

Noon to 2 p.m.: Soul Soup Brunch and more! 
Please feel free to bring your favorite soup creation to share! Bread is also welcome as well as any other delicacies of choice. This is a time to connect with friends known and new. We will have a craft table out with a few of Helen's favorite things, for those who like to be busy with their hands and hearts. We will also have a fire going outside in honor of Helen's deep connection to fire ceremony and sweat lodge.

In Helen's spirit, please come and relax, connect and nourish. Helen would want that. She will be there. If you have any questions please contact Christina at 603-707-1612 .

Directions: bostonycamps.org/north-woods-camp-for-boys/directions-to-north-woods-camp/

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