April 17, 1923 - June 3, 2018
Helen Mahan, 95, passed away peacefully at home in Camarillo on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Helen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1923 to parents Chester and Viola Burchacki. She moved to Thousand Oaks, California in 1965, where she spent her time raising her three children, and writing scripts and articles in spare time. She also created beautiful paintings, which currently adorn the walls of the homes of her children and grandchildren.
When unexpected circumstances were presented, Helen rolled up her sleeves and went to work in a factory to support her family, and quickly moved on to her position in the Thousand Oaks Planning Department, where she worked for over 20 years. During her retirement, Helen volunteered at Los Robles Hospital, where her lively personality and great sense of humor entertained patients and staff. She also kept her writing skills sharp, working as a publicist for the Conejo Players and the Moorpark Melodrama. She loved traveling the world, especially to Paris, France, and has left a treasure trove of amazing photographs and memories from her many travels. She was also an avid baker and chef, and loved going to musicals and plays.
Helen was an independent, strong, and positive person who was known to speak her mind but was a caring friend and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and entertained her granddaughter Shane for several weeks during the summer months for many years.
She is survived by her eldest son, Christopher Mahan (Carrie), her daughter Paula Mahan-Crary, granddaughters Shane Campbell-Kaslin (Fred), Laura McDermott (Sean), Kelly Mahan Herrick (Jason), grandsons Mike Mahan (Brooke), Matt Mahan, Riley Mahan, and Bryce Mahan, her devoted caretaker, Fe, and her great grandchildren Leslie, Kevin, Jacob, Nathaniel, Lincoln, and Calvin. She is preceded in death by her youngest son, Kevin Mahan, and her beloved cat, Wolfie.
Her family will miss her incredible sense of humor, her infectious laugh, and her ability to see the silver lining in every situation.
Condolences may be left at www.ConejoMountain.com.