Helen “Fluffy” McCann

October 12, 1927 - June 3, 2015


Visitation: Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will resume, with family present, at St. Dominic’s from 6-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6th at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Canton, SD.

Helen D. “Fluffy” McCann, age 87, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Dougherty Hospice House after suffering a heart attack.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6th at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Canton, SD.  Private family burial  at Forest Hill Cemetery will follow the service and lunch.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation will resume, with family present,  at St. Dominic’s from 6-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service.  In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the charity of your choice.

            Helen was born on October 12, 1927 on a farm near Cherokee, IA to Herb and Sophia (Erdman) Lynn.  She attended country school near Cherokee and began high school in Schaller, IA.  Her family moved to Lismore, MN, where she graduated from Lismore High School and met her future husband, Bill McCann.

            Helen married Bill on January 12, 1946 in Camp Pickett, VA.  Helen worked on the base post office before the couple moved to Minneapolis, MN for Bill’s schooling.  The couple moved to Bridgewater, SD in 1948 and began to raise their family.  The family moved to Canton, SD in 1968, where she resided until her death.

            Besides raising 7 children, Helen worked as a seamstress for many years.  She was also a very active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.  She enjoyed flowers, fishing, rummages, coffee, playing mahjong, and attending her grandchildren’s activities.  She was a member of the Canton Lion’s Club and was active in the community.  She was an excellent cook and her pies and apple crisp were second to none.  Helen loved life and she will be remembered for knowing how to have a good time.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 69 years, Bill; children, Barb (Ed) Meyer, Bridgewater, SD, Judy Sperling, Sioux Falls, SD,  Connie (Sid Walters) Sweeter,  Sioux Falls, SD,  Janet McCann, Canton, SD, Kevin (Cheryl) McCann, Canton, SD, Kathy McCann, Sioux Falls, SD, and Carol Kruse, Sioux Falls, SD; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters; 1 brother; along with numerous other extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandson, Scott Meyer; great-grandson, Dillon Bublitz; 5 sisters; and 1 brother.

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  1. Thoughts and Prayers to Bill and the rest of the Family! Helen will be forever missed.

  2. Great memories and many fun events with Bill and Helen. Always good times going to coffee. Will miss her.

  3. Uncle Bill and Family,
    Our very Deepest Sympathy for the loss of such a fun-lovin wife /mom and gramma “Your lil’ Fluffy”. In our hearts she will always be remembered as knowing just how to have a good time. Those Lynn girls were like no other. A good cocktail and some dancing music and they were set to go!! And yes the Family reunions at the Voss and Smith homes. Such wonderful memories it just puts a smile on our faces.
    We are sending our very deepest regrets in not being able to share in the celebration of her life.
    We send also our Prayers.. and our thoughts will be with you all.
    Larry and Lori

  4. Carol I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I will keep you and all your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. You are all in our prayers. So many fond memories of Helen. All our thoughts with your family—–
    Rachel
    John and Catherine
    Carla and Doug
    Diane
    Brent and Suzanne
    Renee and Brit

  6. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. I also have great memories of Aunt Helen at the Smith Family cabin. Prayers will be sent your way. Love Mary, RJ and Nicholas Renk (Smith)

  7. Uncle Bill and Family, Tim and I want to send you our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.
    We have many wonderful memories of Aunt Helen. The Lynn Family Reunions at the Smith cabin – the fish fry, steak fry and who could forget Swappers!…… She was a wonderful, caring lady with a heart of gold. She always made me feel welcome (as did you Bill) when we would see you both. She was blessed (and you too Bill) with a wonderful family and she will live on in your daughters and son. Sending hugs to everyone from us……and Bill – Alfalfa hay! (our verse when we would see one another)…..Love to all of you……Tim and Ellen

  8. I will miss Helen very much. She was an inspiration to me and I feel very blessed that I knew her and lived next door to her and Bill for 10 years. Thinking of you and your family and prayers for your hearts to heal.