Verna Engel Zelaney

Verna Engel Zelaney

Verna Engel Zelaney was born in 1933 in Phila., Pa and grew up in Cheltenham, Pa. She was a 1951 graduate of Cheltenham High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Temple University and did post graduate work in music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.

She began her teaching career as an Elementary Music teacher in the Cheltenham Township Schools for 7 years and then for 25 years in the Delran Township Schools as an Elementary and Middle school teacher and as the High School Choral Director. She also taught music for 5 years at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, NJ.

She was Choir Director at Church of the Holy Name from its founding in 1975 until 1990. She was also organist at Resurrection Parish (Holy Name and St. Casimir’s Churches) and became the Music Director at Jesus the Good Shepherd (St Peter’s and St Joseph’s Churches) in 2014,

She was a member of the American Guild of Organists, Association of National Pastoral Musicians, Alumni Board of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, Diocese of Trenton Festival Choir, The Greater South Jersey Chorus, and Burlington Entertainers.

She is survived by daughter Karen Zelaney of Palmyra NJ. She is also survived by her sister Roberta (Bain) Malone of Akron, Ohio; brother: Clarence (Corky and Joanne) Engel of Laporte, Pa; nieces: Candice and Kyndra Malone, Amie (Andrew) Germain; nephew: Wade Malone, and two great nieces and two great nephews. She was predeceased by her son David Zelaney.

Services will be held at a later date.


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