Helen Brown

Helen May Brown (Thienes)

Thursday, July 11th, 1957 - Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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Helen May Brown passed away peacefully on September 19, 2019 at the age of 62. Helen was born in Pigeon, Michigan on July 11, 1957 to Jerome P. Thienes, Sr and Rosanna (Dennehey) Thienes.
Helen graduated from Saginaw State University in Michigan. This led her to a 25+ year career as a Teachers Assistant for Chesapeake City Public Schools. She was able to retire in June 2019. Throughout her time with CCPS Helen made MANY wonderful friends, and her students loved her.
While her brother Jay was in the military stationed in Virginia, he introduced Helen to his friend, Thomas. Thomas and Helen fell in love and were married on June 21, 1986 and together they had two children.
In May of 2018 Helen became a Grandma. Helen made sure everyone knew how much she adored Camden. Helen was the first to volunteer to babysit, no matter what she was going through.
Helen was predeceased by her father Jerome P. Thienes, Sr.
She is survived by her mother, Rosanna Thienes; her loving husband of 33 years, Thomas “TB” Brown; her children, Andrew F. Brown (Kayla), and Jeremy T. Brown (Julia); two brothers, Joseph E. Thienes and Jerome “Jay” Thienes, Jr. (Sharon); sister, Katherine Hormel (Timothy); grandson, Camden Brown and several nieces and nephews. Helen also had a few friends that she loved like family.
Family will accept visitors from 6pm till 8pm for a celebration of life on Monday September 23, 2019 at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake VA 23320 please feel free to come and share stories and memories with family and friends. To leave a condolence to the family, please visit
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    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 6:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Judith Hildebrant

Posted at 12:03pm
Helen was a classmate of mine. Just wanted to send my condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.


Posted at 08:01pm
I had the pleasure of going to school with Helen. My memories of her spirit and kindness . I was proud to call her one of my classmates. So sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers go out to her family.
Victoria (Muntz) Penland

Chuck-Marty Rintamaki

Posted at 07:02pm
I am so sorry to hear about Helen. Many years of working together taught me about her hard working spirit and love for the children and her coworkers. I was fortunate enough to have spent many hours working and sharing our life stories. I will miss her friendship.🙏😢💕

Sandra Alexander

Posted at 05:04pm
Memories of our time as Kindergarten assistants will be dear to to me. Rest at the Savior's feet!!

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