Age 86, of Leetsdale, PA,
passed away peacefully on
January 3, 2019. Born
November 9, 1932, in Midland,
PA, she was a daughter of the
late Susan and Elia Petroff.
While attending Midland High
School, she was crowned
Midland Football Queen during
her senior year. She worked
full time and attended evening
classes at the University of
Pittsburgh for many years
before receiving her B.S. on
October 3, 1959. Helen
married the love of her life,
Jerry Canney, at Heinz Chapel.
They went on to have their
two sons, Kevin, a pilot for
American Airlines, and Terry,
an air traf?c controller. Being
very active in politics, she was
instrumental in establishing
the Quaker Valley Democratic
of?ce and later ran for State
Representative 28th
Legislative District. She was
also the pioneer of
establishing the soccer
program in Sewickley with the
help of Leo Moss, and
organized and coached the
boys and girls. They even
traveled to Washington, DC for
a tournament. Helen spent
many years selling real estate
in the Pittsburgh area. She
was an avid gardener and
maintained a beautiful rock
garden, which she worked on
every day. Having a love for
her birds, she maintained
many bird houses throughout
the yard. She had a certi?ed
wildlife habitat in her yard
with a beautiful plaque. The
primary joy in Helen's life was
her grandchildren. They each
traveled to many wonderful
places with her. Left to mourn
her passing is her loving
husband of 59 years, Jerry
Canney; two sons, Kevin
(Michele) and Terry (Debbie);
three grandchildren, who she
loved dearly, Emily, Michael
and Sydni Canney; two sisters,
Irene and Catherine; a brother,
Joseph (Mamie); many nieces
and nephews and their
families; and so many
wonderful friends. A memorial
service will be held in late
spring. The RICHARD D. COLE
Beaver St., Sewickley, PA
15143 is in charge of
arrangements. Donations can
be made in Helen's name to
the National Wildlife
Federation, P.O. Box 1637,
Merri?eld, VA 22416.
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PostedJanuary 11, 2019