Thursday, February 25, 2016

Obituary: Helene P. Cannon, 89, Andover

ANDOVER – Helene P. Cannon, 89, died peacefully Tuesday (Feb. 23, 2016) at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County in Wellsville with her family at her side.
Mrs. Cannon was born on Father’s Day, June 17, 1926 in Phoenixville, Pa. to Johannes and Marcella (Bayert) Lisoski, who predeceased her in 1955 and 1967 respectively. Johannes and Marcella were first generation immigrants to the United States from the Galacia region of Poland. Their family ancestry included roots in Austria and Ukraine.
Helene was a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Phoenixville and a 1943 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School. On Oct. 10, 1945, she met the love of her life, Captain John L. Cannon of Andover, while volunteering at the USO after World War II. On the one year anniversary of their meeting, Helene and John were married Oct. 10, 1946 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover where they lived for 69 years. John predeceased Helene on Feb. 10, 1987.
Helene is survived by a son, Brian J. (Marlee) Cannon of Wellsville; two grandsons, Matthew J. (Annette) Canon of Aurora, Colo. and Ian P. (Tamara) Cannon of Easton, Pa.; and three great-grandchildren, Eshne Mae Cannon, Leo John Cannon, and Lochlan John Cannon. She is also survived by five nieces and nephews, Ann Cannon (Keith) Howland of Kennebunkport, Maine, James (Linda) Cannon of Andover, Daniel (Judy) Slade of Blasdel, Ann Slade, her God-Daughter, of Andover, and Timothy (Brenda) Slade of Belmont.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Sophia Sue (John)Giles; her brother, Michael Lisoski; her father and mother-in-law, John and Mary Cannon; her brother and sister-in-law, James  and Marion Cannon; her sister-in-law, Josephine Mary Cannon; her brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Mary Katherine Slade; a nephew, Donald Lisoski; and a niece, Andrea Lisoski.
Helene was an accomplished cook and baker, having learned from the best, her mother and mother in law. Her decadent brownies thickly topped with frosting will be missed by many including her grand dog, Charley Cannon. She passed that culinary talent onto her daughter-in-law Marlee; often stating, “she can do, make or cook just about anything!” Helene had a gift of learning languages, having learned to speak and write in Polish, Ukranian, and Russian.
Mrs. Cannon was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church and Altar Society in Andover, the ACS Parent-Teacher Association, a Cub Scout Den Mother for Pack 77 and a Homeroom Mom for most of her son’s classes at ACS. She was a volunteer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for many years.
Helene had a giving spirit. She was always available to help a relative, friend, or neighbor in need. She was a tender and devoted caregiver to her husband John during his illness. Her life was well spent encouraging and serving others. She was her son, nephews and grandsons biggest fan as they played in various sports in Andover and Wellsville. For 107 years, Water Street in Andover has had a Cannon continuously in residence. Helene was the last. Her smile and her love will be deeply missed.
There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at
Sincere gratitude is extended to the staff of Heart Comfort House, where Helene received loving and gentle care during her journey home. Memorial contributions in Helene’s name can be made to Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, New York 14985.