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Helen Ong

09/09/1932 - 10/20/2021
Service Date: 11/03/2021
Service Time: 12:00 PM
Service Location: City of Mesa Cemetery - 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Live Stream Link To View Service:  https://youtu.be/ICnxm3BERhM

Helen Ong, 89, passed away on October 20, 2021. Born and raised in Mesa, Helen was a graduate of Mesa High School. Following graduation, she studied education and business at Arizona State University, earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in education. She taught with Mesa Public Schools for 28 years, with the majority of her teaching career spent at Westwood High School. When she wasn’t teaching her business, computer, and shorthand classes, she was helping the family manage their grocery business, the Evergreen Market. Helen was a voracious reader, a prolific home cook, and an avid crafter and cross-stitcher.

She is preceded in death by her father Tong Sheng Ong, mother Wong Young (Mary) Ong, and siblings Virginia, Henry, Benjamin, and Turman Ong. She is survived by her sister Josephine Wall (Robert), nieces Tamara Havlik (Bruce), Roseanne Acevedo (Manuel), and Rebecca Ong (Robert Prince), nephew Michael Wall, and sister-in-law Michele Ong (Rick Lin).

Due to COVID-19, funeral services will be kept private, but a livestream link will be available on the Bunker Family Funerals and Cremation website on Wednesday, November 3 at 12pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Helen’s memory to Helen’s Hope Chest (no relation, just happy coincidence), Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, and Hospice of the Valley.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but www.bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.



  • East Valley Periodontics

    Helen was a patient in the practice for several years. She will be missed by all of us.

  • Penny Magnusson Hannum

    Mrs. Ong was a really sweet woman! She was my typing teacher at Westwood in 1965. Condolences to her family.

  • Betty welborn Austin

    Miss Ong touched many students lives in the Westwood business department including mine. Rest in peace sweet lady

  • Jayne Wright Mccook

    Sweet sweet lady. The whole ong family were wonderful. I miss those days of evergreen market.
    Jayne Wright Mccook

  • Sandy (Ortiz) Raymond

    Miss Ong was the best of the best. I was so blessed to have her in Shorthand and typing, as she taught me everything I needed to know to be employed by Mesa Public Schools.

  • Ms. Ong taught me computers in 1983, we learned together, she was amazing and a gifted teacher! If it weren’t for her I would not have had the career in IT that I’ve had! Thank you and rest peacefully

  • Caffall Grayling

    I knew Helen Ong from Evergreen Market, and Westwood High School. She went to school with my parents and was a friend of our family. She was always friendly and kind. My condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  • Miss Ong was one of my favorite teacher’s. I was in one of her typing classes. I think I was one of a few males in her class. I remember she ask me why I was taking typing and I said “because that’s where the prettiest girls were”. That brought a smile to both of our faces. Great memories.

  • i will miss my visits with helen as i dropped by her home every so often to keep a friendship going since the days i walked to evergreen market to do my mom’s shopping and grab a barq’s to drink as i talked to helen, mary, and benny. i’m just so sad to lose her in my life. i have countless cross stitched tissue holders and she told me of plans to stitch more panda wall art for me, as well as things for my grandkids! how i love her and the entire ong family. please know of my devotion, support and concern at this sad time for all of us. her life revolved around her nieces and their families and that is what made her such a positive happy person. i will miss my friend.

  • Miss Ong was my favorite teacher, not just because of what I learned from her in class but for how kind, sweet, and fun she was. She will be missed by so many. RIP Miss Ong!!

  • Condolences great lady

  • Mary Willis Watkins

    Ms Ong was one of my favorite teachers. I had her for typing and shorthand. She helped me get a job in the business department of MCC after high school. Such a wonderful woman who touched so many lives. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.

  • Mrs Ong was my shorthand and typing teacher at Westwood. She was a wonderful and very patient woman. My condolences to her family. A life well lived!!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort Jehovah, strengthen you for the days a head. Know that caring thoughts are with you. That “He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds.”-Psalm 147:3

  • Kim Guinn Hulet

    Ms. Ong was one of my favorite teachers at Westwood. Learning shorthand was fun in her class. We shared a love of reading and traded books and book recommendations for years. She will be missed.

  • connie (bowerman) thomas

    I too so appreciated Evergreen Market…Henry told me how to make beef jerky, Ben was busy at his AZ State job…Helen and her mom Mary worked the registers and what ever else needed done. I was rearing my young family in the 70s on Robson street and could stroll/walk the 3 kids to the market for some groceries and special attention from the Ong family. I later became a stock broker and also enjoyed talking with all but Mary about the markets…they were all so intelligent and humble. Thank you Ong family for enriching the lives of ALL who were fortunate enough to encounter you along life’s way.

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