Helen McDonald Coley – Class of 1925

Helen M. Coley, 91, of West Chester, died on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Chester County Hospital. She was the widow of W. Robert Coley Jr.

Born in East Orange, NJ, Helen was the daughter of the late John C. and Geraldine Mabee McDonald.

She attended Clarke School for the Deaf in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and was a graduate of Lower Merion High School. She also attended the University of Richmond.

She was a keypunch operator and later taught this skill at the PA Schoolfor the Deaf, where she also taught sign language.

Helen was active in the PA Society for the Advancement of the Deaf and was a member of the PA School for the Deaf Alumni Association in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Telecommunications for the Deaf. She enjoyed traveling, and sports of all kinds.

Helen is survived by a son, W. Robert Coley III, husband of Janet Carsetti of Columbia, MD; a daughter, Joan C. Cross of West Chester; three grandchildren, David Coley of Vancouver, B.C., Kristin Cross and Robert Cross, both of West Chester; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., 229 South High Street, West Chester, 610-696-0134, where friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 West School House Lane, Phila., PA  19144.

Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on January 29, 2010.