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Helen J. (Schance) Coponen

June 12, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

ATLANTIC MINE - Helen J. (Schance) Coponen, 74, a resident of Atlantic Mine, died on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at her home.

She was born in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 24, 1937, a daughter of the late Marvin and Neva (Pearson) Schance.

She was married to William J. Coponen on Feb. 1, 1958.

Helen was a member of the Atlantic Mine Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband, Bill, of Atlantic Mine; four sons and one daughter: James (Shirley) Coponen and Daniel (Anne) Coponen of Atlantic Mine, William (Gwen) Coponen of New Hampshire, Katie (Cliff) Rajala and Michael (Valerie) Coponen of South Carolina; 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by two sisters; and an infant son.

As requested by Helen, private graveside services will be held today, June 12, 2012, in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Ruonavaara to officiate. A time of fellowship with family and friends will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Atlantic Mine Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at



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