unknown - June 4, 2013
After a long life dedicated to caring for others, Helen Haley, formerly of Liverpool and Onondaga Hill, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2013, at age 93.
Helen was the last survivor of a remarkable family whose parents and oldest child immigrated from Poland in 1910. After graduating from Vocational High School in 1938 she was employed at the Syracuse China Fayette Street plant, applying floral patterns to the fine china for which “The Pottery” was famous. Soon thereafter, her good friends Josie and Dixie Warren introduced her to another Syracuse China employee, Henry (Jerry) Haley. The pre-war romance led to elopement, and a marriage that lasted 62 years until Henry’s death in 2002.
Besides Josie and Dixie, Helen’s favorite companions were her brother and sisters. Time passed with hours of card games, Yahtzee, and coffee at their homes and at the family’s cottages in the Thousand Islands. Everyone enjoyed the bounty of her baking skills, especially date-nut cookies, apple pie (the world’s best crust), and carrot cake. Her favorite role was as a loving grandmother to six adoring grandchildren. This so defined her life that family and friends all called her “Grandma.”
Besides her husband, Helen was predeceased by her siblings Charlotte, Stella, Katherine, Genevieve and Mitchell. She is survived by her children James (Donna) Haley, of Liverpool, and Roberta (Rocco) Mangano, of Onondaga Hill; grandchildren Craig, (Melissa), Maria, (David), Jennifer, (Richard), Sal, (Brianna), Elena, Jessica, (Jake); great- grandchildren Alexa, Madison, Carson and Ava, and several nieces and nephews.
Helen’s family is deeply grateful for the loving care provided by the staff at Syracuse Home and McHarrie Pointe.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. Funeral services: 10 a.m., Friday, June 7, at the funeral home with burial to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Syracuse Home Foundation, 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.