Helen Louise Anderson Filoromo, 90, of East Fallowfield, PA, and Bradenton, FL and formerly of Downingtown, PA passed away peacefully Monday, February 17, 2020 at her home.
She was the wife of Michael A. Filoromo, Sr with whom she shared 66 years of marriage having been married on October 25, 1953.
Born February 1, 1930 in Cochranville, PA, she was the daughter of the late John B. and Emma Jane (Krauss) Anderson.
Helen was a 1948 graduate of Cochranville High School. Following high school, she was a runway model, a tap-dancer, a finalist in many local beauty contests, and was crowned Kennett Square Mushroom Festival queen in the late 1940s. Her life work, however, was her husband, children and showing love for everyone she met.
Prior to marrying the love of her life, she studied and converted to Catholicism and was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Coatesville.
She volunteered for many years in the Girls Scouts and was also a member of the Downingtown Historical Society. She enjoyed sharing with others her knowledge and preservation of historic buildings and volunteered as a guide at the Downingtown Log Cabin and the Zook House in Exton.
Surviving her, in addition to her husband, Michael Sr., are her six children, son, Michael A. Filoromo, Jr (Margaret Mary) and daughters, Janet L. Yastrop (Tom), Helen Annette Filoromo-Beck (Bob), Lisa A. Reeder (Richard), Theresa A. Matteo (Nick), Rita E. Bassett (Mike); eight grandchildren, Michael 3rd, Meghan, Maura, Nicholas, Anthony, Alyssa, Elaina and Julia; and five great-grandchildren, Gemma, Colette, Thomas, Miakoda and Forest.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Emma May “Sis” Wright and an infant brother, John.
A visitation will be held at Harris Mountain Funeral Home, 1030 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA from 6 pm to 8 pm Friday, February 21, 2020 and from 9 am to 10 am Saturday morning. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am Saturday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 80 South 17th Avenue, Coatesville followed by interment at St. Cecelia Cemetery, Coatesville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chester County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 71 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320. If you wish to make a donation online using PayPal or a credit card, go to https://ChescoBlind.org/donate/ In the "Write a Note" section, please indicate that the contribution is being made in memory of Helen Filoromo.
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