Hilda McMahon

November 18, 1927-November 7, 2017


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Hilda McMahon on November 7th, 2017 with her family by her side. 

Hilda Theresa McMahon (nee Lengyel) was born on the family farm in Stratton, ON on November 18, 1927. Hilda (Babe) was the youngest of 9 children born to Mary and John Lengyel.

As a teenager, Hilda ventured from the family farm and travelled to Oshawa, ON to be with two of her sisters.  Many legendary stories have surfaced about her adventures during this chapter of her life.  Along with friends, there was hitch-hiking between Stratton and Fort Frances for weekend dances.  The stories of these adventures are still coming out. 

A few years later when she returned to Stratton, a romance ensued with Arthur McMahon and they were married on June 25th, 1952.  Art and Hilda started their family in 1953 and their 7 children came fast and furious.

Hilda, Art and family lived in Mando Camps Robinson and Aerobus before settling permanently in Kenora in 1956. 

Art passed away in 2002.

Hilda was predeceased by her parents Mary and John, her seven sisters (Katie, Mary, Anne, Julia, Peggy, Helen, Irene) and one brother (John). 

Hilda is survived by her children: Ron, Sheryl (Don) Olson, Murray (Susan), Linda (Jack) Neniska, Tim (Cathy), Trish (Roger) Horton and Michael.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren: Lisa (Laird) Hyslop, Kristen (Brad) Boucha, Austin (Robin), Tammy McMahon (Hall Risk), Carmen (Dan) Boucha, Samantha (Chris) Grotke, Stefanie (Jordan) Trent, Kyle (Catherine Patzel), Nicole (Arlindo) Brazao, Mitchell (Jennifer) Horton, Tyler Horton, Matthew Butts (Krista Prystie), and Amy McMahon (Ray McDonald).  She is also survived by her 34 great-grandchildren who she loved having visit as often as possible.  Hilda is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including a large extended family and many friends, all of who enjoyed mom’s hospitality over many years.

Throughout her adult life mom enjoyed being part of a weekly bowling league and she loved going for lunch with her friends.  She especially enjoyed walking across the street to have a visit and a cup of tea with her dear friend Agnes. She also filled her time taking care of her flowers, spending time with her grandkids, knitting slippers, and just sitting down with a cup of tea or Kahlua to watch The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Judge Judy or her favorite, curling.

Every Sunday morning there was standing-room only at mom’s kitchen table. The place was jam packed for the breakfast of champions: potato chips, cheezies, popcorn twists, donuts, pastries, and all the tea and coffee we could drink. Peach slushies, raisin cookies and chicken noodle soup were also favorites. Anyone was welcome and her door was always open.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2 pm at the Travel Lodge in Kenora.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.


No one ever left Grandma’s house without getting a hug, a kiss and a goodbye wave from the front window.  We will always miss the waves, but we know that you will always be watching and waving from above.

Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 west Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.