Helen A. Nicholas
Helen A. Nicholas was born to Catherine and James Nicholas in Ridley Park, PA. Growing up with younger brother John and older brother Jim, Helen was ahead of her time, considering her athletic talent. Helen could not understand why she could not get a baseball uniform and play on a little league team, when she could hit a ball further than most of the boys in the neighborhood.
Helen attended Saint Madeline Grade School and Cardinal O’Hara High School, where her athletic prowess and academic skills earned her a place in the O’Hara Hall of Fame, which recognized student athletic achievement. Helen also played guard on the women’s varsity basketball team while attending Purdue University. In her senior year at Purdue, Helen was named the female Athlete of the Year. Helen also pursued athletics outside of the academic arena, playing semi-pro softball and an outstanding round of golf.
In addition to athletic talent, Helen had a thirst for knowledge and attained degrees in Psychology, Industrial Engineering and a Doctorate of Juris Prudence. In her 33 year career working for the US Postal Service, Helen made use of her Law degree by rising to the rank of Deputy Managing Counsel, handling Equal Employment Opportunity litigation. Helen’s thirst for knowledge enabled her to grow and create in the fields of photography and cooking.
Family and friends were one of the most important parts of Helen’s life. She continued to help out her Mom after her Dad’s passing, remained close with her brother John and sister-in-law Annmarie and nephew Rob, often hosting barbeques or traveling to Lancaster for shopping. She adored her niece Amy and nephew Michael, children of her brother Jim and sister-in-law Linda, who live in the Chicago area. Helen was the favorite relative of many family members. For Sue’s two nephews, Joshua and Matthew, “Auntie Helen” made the boys sparkle with delight at every turn, by demonstrating her love for the boys through carefully planned and executed adventures for every occasion.
Friends were also important, and Helen had many. She was always able and willing to listen, advise, and follow through with kindness and helpfulness in any way that she should.
Helen passed away at her home in Swedesboro, under the loving care of her spouse, Susan Arnold. In their 21 years together, Helen and Sue enjoyed traveling, discovering and frequenting fine restaurants, playing golf, exercising at the gym, and owning and loving a few cats and a wonderful Labrador Retriever. Sue was the love of Helen’s life.
Come celebrate 61 great years Saturday noon to 1 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro, where there will be a 1 p.m. service.
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