ALBANY – Helen M. Casey, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2017, after a brief illness. Helen was born and raised in Watervliet, New York, the daughter of the late William A. and Catherine Mahar McDermott. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1945 and attended The College of St. Rose. Helen worked for the New York Telephone Company, partnered with her nieces running At Your Service, hosting NYC bus trips to theater and dinners, NYS Department of Tax and Finance and Albany Medical Center.
She spent fifty-four happy years with her devoted husband, Paul R. Casey, raising their three children in Albany and Slingerlands, NY. Helen and Paul fulfilled their dream of retiring on Cape Cod in 1993. While residing in Dennis, Helen enjoyed being a member of the Dennis Garden Club, the Walking Club, the Ladies Guild and Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church. She loved hosting many gatherings of family and friends, going to the beach and especially spending time with her grandsons. When in Albany, Helen was a communicant of the Parish of Mater Christi.
An avid sports fan, she thoroughly enjoyed cheering on her favorite teams, the Red Sox and Patriots, but was especially fond of attending her grandsons’ sporting events.
Helen is survived by her children James (Karen) Casey, Susan Casey, Carol (Joseph) Cahill; her grandchildren, Matthew and Kevin Cahill; many nieces and nephews; and her sister in law Jean Casey Harrison. She was predeceased by her loving husband Paul and her dear sisters, Margaret Dyer, Alice Pinckney, and her brothers William, Frank and Bertram McDermott.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 11:30 a.m., and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave. & Hopewell St., Albany at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view Helen’s resting place in Calvary Cemetery, Route 9W, Glenmont, New York 12077.
Peace be with Ms Helen! Thanks for being a great next door neighbor, watching soaps, sneaking an extra snack and letting me bang baseball against your house. Thanks for being you! You will be missed.
Much love to you Jim, Susan, Carol and to all who loved your mom. She was a special lady. I will forever remember her laugh, her gentle and loving personality, and her ability to put everyone at ease. We are so lucky to have had mothers who gave us invaluable gifts of unconditional love and kindness.
Jim, Carol and Susan and family, I am so sorry for you loss. Helen was always happy to see me and we shared wonderful conversations over the years. Sorry I cannot attend the services, my heart goes out to you all, she lived a wonderful complete life surrounded by love. Peace to you and may heaven be exactly as she expected and with her loving husband again. Love Steve
So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of working with Helen at Albany Medical Center. We had a mutual bond of her sister in law Lillian was my 7th grade teacher at Maplewood School. We also had great conversations about Siena Basketball. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Theresa Kulzer Potter,RN
Jim and all Helen’s family,
Was so sorry to read of Helens death. I worked with Helen at the phone co and loved her sense of humor. She had a wonderful personality. Later our family went to your dad for our eyes. Such a sweet man.
We will miss her.
Kate (Harrison) Richards
Thank you God for leading us such a wonderful Aunt, Great Aunt, Sister, Mother, Wife , Grandmother…
I will always treasure the special memories and all those summers visiting the Casey’s.
I never remember Aunt Helen not smiling. Or not concerned about someone she loved.
God, thank you for letting us have her for such a long time❤️
Jim, Susan and Carol. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Mrs.Casey for your warm smile and friendship. I will always have special memories visiting the family on Patricia Lane in Dennis Port, Cape Cod.. My prays are with you all. Love, Margaret Otto-David.
Matt & Natalie Pinckney
No matter your mood or disposition, spending time with Aunt Helen put a smile on your face.
Jim, Susan and Carol – we are thinking of you, and are so sorry for your loss.
susan conway prince
I was sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue Conway Prince