Helen M. Emge, 84, Delco resident

Helen M. Emge
Helen M. Emge
Posted: July 10, 2013

Helen Marie Emge, 84, a homemaker and former Drexel Hill resident, died Friday, July 5, of complications from a stroke at the Exton home of her daughter, where she had lived for six years.

The former Helen Robertshaw was born in Greensburg, southeast of Pittsburgh.

As a youngster, she enjoyed playing sports. She graduated from Seton Hill Academy in Greensburg. During World War II, she volunteered there with the American Red Cross, and received the American Legion School Award Medal for good citizenship and helping to support the troops from the home front.

Golf was an early passion, thanks to lessons from her father. As a teen, she excelled at the local amateur level as a club champion. A high school contemporary of Arnold Palmer, she played in a mixed foursome with him in the 1940s at the Greensburg Country Club.

Mrs. Emge received her bachelor's degree in economics at Chestnut Hill College in 1950, then worked for two years as an executive secretary at U.S. Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh. She lived at the YWCA and took a carpool to work. In 1953, she wed James Francis Emge of Pittsburgh, who also used the carpool. The two relocated to Drexel Hill in 1968. He died in 1981 after 28 years of marriage.

Mrs. Emge was a homemaker for 60 years, but did administrative work for various organizations, including St. Bernadette in Drexel Hill. In 1960, she helped organize coffee klatches in support of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.

She produced the musical "Fun Afloat" for the St. Bernadette grade school in the early 1970s. Later, as a parishioner of St. Francis in Springfield, Delaware County, she helped with white elephant sales.

Known for her red hair, Mrs. Emge was "very cheerful and trusted in God," said her daughter, Ellen Sova.

In recent years, Mrs. Emge was active in the adult club at SS. Philip and James Parish and played contract bridge. She also loved the Phillies.

Surviving, besides her daughter, are sons Thomas, Michael, and John; eight grandchildren; and two sisters.

A 10:30 a.m. viewing Tuesday, July 9, at SS. Philip and James Church, 723 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, will be followed by an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass. Burial is in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Donations may be sent to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey via www.UnitedforImpact.org, or to Chestnut Hill College via www.chc.edu/giving.

Condolences may be offered to the family via www.LoganFuneralHomes.com.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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