WORCESTER, Mass. - Helen A. (Cooney) Cawley, 92, of Worcester, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Knollwood Nursing Center after a brief illness. Her husband of 41 years, James J. Cawley, died in 1989.
She leaves two sons, James J. Cawley, Jr. and his wife Claudette, and Philip J. Cawley and his wife Judith, all of Worcester; two daughters, Ellen M. Cawley of Holden and Carol A. Cawley of Worcester; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, including Carol and Philip King of Worcester, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her sister, Elizabeth A. King died in 1997. Her brother, James P. Cooney died in 1985.
Helen was born in Worcester, daughter of Philip J. and Ellen M. (Thompson) Cooney, and lived in Worcester all of her life. She graduated from Classical High School and Becker Junior College.
Helen was a secretary in the Bishop's Fund office of the Diocese of Worcester for many years, before retiring. Previously, she was a stenographer in the Boston & Albany Railroad freight division office in Worcester.
She was a member of Saint Joan of Arc Church and the Worcester Police Wives Assn.
Helen enjoyed taking her daily walks in her neighborhood, reading in her yard, visiting Old Orchard Beach in the summer, and baking her Christmas cookies each year.
She also took great joy in her family - grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours are Monday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Tuesday, Sept. 11 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.