Helen M. ‘Lenie’ Foley, active with OMPH and her community, dies

By on January 1, 2014

Helen M. ‘Lenie’ Foley

Helen M. ‘Lenie’ Foley

Helen M. “Lenie” Foley passed away peacefully at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Wilkes Barre, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Helen O’Donnell McGavin. Her beloved husband Bob passed away in February of 1998 after a seven-year illness, during which she cared for him at home.

Lenie was an active member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata for over 60 years. She attended mass daily. Lenie was very active in the Ephrata community and her children’s schools as she and her husband raised their family.

Later in life she was active in the Ephrata Golden Years Club, the Yearlings group at her church and was an active supporter of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and socializing with her many dear friends.

She is survived by her sister: Mrs. Betty McDonald and her husband Gene of Toms River, N.J.; a daughter: Nellie Jane of Philadelphia and Marianne, wife of Michael McGuire of Conshohocken and a son: Robert Michael Jr. of Buford Ga. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Michael T. Foley, Grace E. McGuire and Robert M. McGuire as well as numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Lenie was preceded in death by her four older brothers John, Thomas, William and Paul and an older sister Mary.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Dec. 27 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ephrata, with final commendation and farewell at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wilkes Barre, PA.

In lieu of flowers, Lenie requested that donations be made to The Franciscan Missionary Union, Franciscan Monastery, 135 W. 31st St., New York, N.Y. 10117-0710.

Services are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata.

To offer your condolences visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com.

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