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Helen Walla

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

St. Mary's Catholic Church


Helen Marie Walla, 88, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Somerford House Hagerstown.

Born Monday, March 2, 1931 in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James Breheney and the late Mary (Murtha) Breheney.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector for many years. She was also a member of St. Vincent De Paul Society and Catholic Daughters.

She is survived by her three daughters, Nancy Cherone and husband, Joseph, Mary Jo Walla, Kathleen Walla Long; two sons, Steven Walla and wife, Linda and John Walla and wife, Tammy; daughter in law, Karen Walla; eleven grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard James Walla; son, Richard Walla; sisters, Catherine Devaney and Mary Crowley; brothers, Michael Breheney and James Breheney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 am, at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 224 West Washington Street Hagerstown, MD, with Rev. Ernest Cibelli as celebrant.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be held privately at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to  Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Thinking of your family at this difficult time. I will always remember Mrs Walla’s kindness from my school days at St. Mary’s. I am so sorry for your loss.

To Sunny and Family...we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and hope you find comfort in the days ahead.

Chris and Kathleen Copp
Ridgeville, SC

Classy lady! Always enjoyed seeing her at the podium at church. What a great lady! May she be seeing, what she so believed in, with great JOY! She will be missed here in Hagerstown! Condolences and prayers for the entire family on your loss of a very dear family member.

Helen was in charge when it came to running St. Mary's cafeteria. I had some fond memories of working with her as a cafeteria volunteer & as the Rummage Sale kitchen cook. Helen always made sure we kept her kitchen in good order. She loved when there was extras left over from the Rummage Sale to give the students as a special treats. She cooked up a wonderful Thanksgiving meal that parents were invited to attend with their children & somehow I always wound up behind the scenes helping to cook & serve it. She knew exactly what she had in her walk-in & freezers too. I was amazed at how organized she was. She made sure we were doing it right on Rummage Day sales too because she was right there in the kitchen checking us & let us know when we were not doing it quite right. She wanted a spotless, clean kitchen when we were done. It was Helen's kitchen for sure. She was quite a lady.

Sandi Michaels
Hagerstown, MARYLAND

To my dear friend Mary Joe....I share your grief. May your Moms memory be a blessing to all who knew here. There is no question that your Dad was waiting with open arms and they are celebrating their reunion while we are mourning.

Marci Yankelov
Baltimore, MD

Our deeps thoughts and condolences accompany you in your time sorrow. You are in our prayer. God Bless you and family

Edward Campos
Willingboro, New Jersey

Rest In Peace dear Aunt Helen. With much love, Mickey’s Boy

Sean Breheney
San Jose, CA

So sorry to hear about your mother Kathi. I wish you and yours comfort and peace in these hard times.

Michael J. Keller II
Mayo, MD

Helen was a very kind & caring lady. I had the privilege of being with her at our St. Vincent dePaul meetings. She had a great sense of humor! She will be missed!

Sandra Davis
Hagerstown, MD

I am so sorry to hear a the passing of such a great leader of her “Walla” family! I know how important she was to you all! It was great reading about her. I never heard she was once a minister! Wow! ❤️ Thinking about you all during this very difficult time. Love, Sherri. (Braeden and Emerson Barr’s Aunt)

Sherri Knight
Encinitas , CA

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