- April 15, 1986 - January 2, 2017
- Holyoke, Massachusetts
of Heather's Passing
Glioblastoma Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
PO Box 849168
Bostone, MA 02284
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“Sweet girl who is greatly missed.
1 of 36 | Posted by: Joann Rohan - Springfield, MA
“Jumbo & Kathy and Family so very sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful amazing Daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
2 of 36 | Posted by: Bob Cavanaugh - Vero Beach, FL
“So sorry for your loss Kathy and family. :(
3 of 36 | Posted by: Katie Hoar - Holyoke, MA
“I was so sad to hear about Heather. She had such a wonderful presence and charm; always smiling and kind. She grew into a lovely person and young...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Linda Desjardins - Greenfield, MA
“My sincerest condolences to Heather's family and friends.Most sincerely,Ellen Gnaedinger, DNP student
5 of 36 | Posted by: Ellen Gnaedinger - Norwich, VT
“Heather, this is not how things were supposed to be. We would talk about being nurses and being back in school, you had so much more to give and live...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Amanda Nugent - Holyoke, MA
“Jimbo and Kathy: My heart is broken for you and your family at the passing of your beautiful Heather. Claire kept me posted on the great sadness of...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: A friend
“No words can not describe the profound sadness I feel in learning of your passing. Your sweet smile and vibrant spirit will be surely missed by all...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Judith Karimi - Milton, NY
“Heather will be missed! She was vibrant in life, contributing thoughtfully and with great conviction and passion in class. A kind and shining star....Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Jean DeMartinis - Westfield, MA
“Rest in peace Heather. We will always remember you, your smile, your wonderful,caring nature and your love of the fun in life!
10 of 36 | Posted by: Emily Hall - West Springfield, MA
“My sincerest condolences to Heather"s family, friends, and classmates. Heather was a shinning star in class and will be missed! Prayers of self care...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Gabrielle Abelard - Amherst, MA
“Our deepest condolences. Heather was a wonderful and strong young woman. May the joy she brought her family in life, help to carry you all through...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Robert Celi - Murrells Inlet, SC
“So sorry for your loss
13 of 36 | Posted by: Rob Marx - South Hadley, MA
“To the entire McMahon Family and support network, I am so sorry you have to go through this. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Heather -...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Rachel Walker - Amherst, MA
“I am so sorry for your loss! Heather was a fun person to be around, great nurse and beautiful person! She will be missed by so many!
15 of 36 | Posted by: Charlene Lapan
“To the McMahon Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Heather was a student of mine at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School...a lovely sweet young lady....Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Teddi Galica - Chicopee, MA
“Dear Jim and Kathy --The Larrow family extends our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter Heather.
17 of 36 | Posted by: Ray Larrow - Holyoke, MA
“Dear Joe & Nora and the extended McMahon Family,Our hearts were saddened to learn of Heather's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Sarah (Hohol) McIntosh & Family - NC
“My sincere condolences to all of you. I remember Heather's energy and sparkle from OLPH and the Vikings. I am so sorry for your loss.
19 of 36 | Posted by: Terrie Marr - Sutton, MA
“Dear McMahon FamilyMy thoughts and prayers are with you.
20 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Ballard - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Loved Ones of Heather, She was a true delight to work with. Her kindness and her sense of humor made every shared shift a happier one at work...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Barbara Welsh - Chicopee, MA
“I am so very sorry that Heather lost her battle with cancer. She was a very special, kind, beautiful young woman, I side & out. My family & I have...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Linda Duguay - Coworker
“My condolences to the McMahon family, Heather was such a wonderful person, always happy and smiling. Rest peacefully
23 of 36 | Posted by: Sheavahn Coleman - Coworker
“I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful, strong, selfless woman! I didn't know her personally but I have worked with people who had the...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Lucy Szulc - Indian Orchard, MA
“Truly a special young ladyWill be missed by many
25 of 36 | Posted by: Jan Mvlean - Holyoke, MA
“I've heard so many wonderful things about you. You always smiled and acknowledged me in the halls of Holyoke Medical. It always helped brighten...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Allison Ernst - Holyoke, MA
“Mr. & Mrs. McMahon, Joe, Ryan and Kyle,We are so very sorry for your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bobby and Nicki St. Lawrence
27 of 36 | Posted by: Robert St. Lawrence - Holyoke, MA
“I am away but have heard of the loss of beloved n beautiful Heather. As a swim team mom who was lucky enough to have kids Heather's age I was...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Tricia KuntzPancione - Granby
“Dear McMahon family:I am so truly sorry for your unimaginable loss. May warm memories sustain you during the tough times. Heather was truly an...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Cindi Shaw - NH
“Sweet Heather I am so sorry that you had to leave your family and friends so early. The mourning and suffering will be almost unbearable for them;...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Nora Johnson - W. Springfield, MA
“My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all who knew this wonderful young woman. It seem like yesterday I was watching the parade as Heather wore the...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Linda (Osborne) Corby - FL
“Jim and Kath, Deb and I are heart broken for the loss of Heather. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
32 of 36 | Posted by: John Suchocki - Holyoke, MA
“Thoughts and prayers for Heather, her family and friends. Suvdf
33 of 36 | Posted by: Patti Devine - Holyoke, MA
“So very sorry for your loss. Gone way too young. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very hard time. Kathy and...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy and Marty Cathro - MA
“I'm just so sorry to hear of Heather passing away. I'll keep her in my prayers, and God bless.
35 of 36 | Posted by: Dan Cunha - Chicopee, MA
“Rest In Peace Heather. From what I remember from our classes together in high school, you were one of the sweetest and one of the most genuine souls...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Mitul Patel - Holyoke, MA
Heather Mary McMahon, RN, 30, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Heather was born in Holyoke, MA on April 15, 1986, the daughter of James W. McMahon and Kathleen (Baush) McMahon. Heather was an avid swimmer from a young age, competing for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings for 15 years as well as USS swimming. Heather was a 2004 graduate of Holyoke High School, where she was a member of the swimming, track and field hockey teams, as well as the Holyoke High School Band. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College where she was a member of the swim team and was selected team captain her senior year. Heather then earned a second Bachelor's Degree in nursing from New York University and was enrolled in a doctorate program at UMass, Amherst to become a Nurse Practitioner. Heather was employed as a Clinical Nurse Supervisor at Holyoke Medical Center. She was an incredibly kind and positive person with a passion for life and her community. Heather was an active member of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee as well as the Holyoke Elks. She truly enjoyed her involvement in the many Parade Committee events including the Road Race and Parade. She also enjoyed the two years she spent coaching the Holyoke High Swim Team. In addition to her parents, Heather is survived by her brothers Joseph McMahon and his wife Nora and Ryan McMahon and his wife Brooke. Heather recently became a proud aunt to her niece Connie McMahon with whom she adored spending time. She is also survived by her best friend and love of her life Kyle Mardeuse and their two cats Martin and Elliot. Heather will be missed by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Heather showed tremendous courage and strength in fighting an aggressive brain tumor. She maintained her positive attitude and love of life until the end. Special thanks to those who provided Heather and her family with guidance and support during her fight, especially Dr. Zubeena Mateen and Erin Hurlburt, RN, Brooke McMahon and to the staffs at the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, the D'Amour Center for Cancer Care, and the Holyoke VNA. The Funeral Mass for Heather will be held Monday at 10:00am in Our Lady of the Cross Parish Church. Burial will follow in Forestdale Cemetery West, Rock Valley Road. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00pm at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Given Heather's passion for finding a cure for Glioblastoma, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Heather's name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Glioblastoma Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at http://tinyurl.com/HMMGlioblastoma.