Celebrating the Life of Emmy Healy

Each one of us is on a journey.  We travel from day to day in work, in play, in life.  We are fortunate to have others with whom we can share in our journey.  Through our love of a sport, we are blessed with an opportunity to meet people that we otherwise may never know.  We find ourselves inspired by the accomplishments of others, knowing that what they’ve done is not easy.

Emmy Healy was one of those who inspired many in the water ski community.  She is remembered as a very humble, kind person, and of course a great skier. It is a Blessing knowing she is no longer in pain and may she Rest In Peace. Prayers for Emmy and her family. Our deepest sympathies to those who were close to her.

Records held by Emmy include:

W4 Trick – Emmy Healy 3520 pts East Regionals – Avon 8/1/1996
W5 Trick – Emmy Healy 3560 pts MC Eastern Regionals “R” – Dave’s Pond 8/5/2002
W6 Trick – Emmy Healy 3560 pts Eastern Regionals “R” – Avon 8/0/2003

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Obituary of Emma L. Healy

Emma Louise (Emmy) Healy passed away peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2019 at The Grand in Rome. Born in Rome on January 26, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Margaret (Brady) Healy.

Emmy enjoyed a vibrant and active life. She graduated from the Academy of the Holy Names in Rome in 1960 and went on to earn an Associate degree from Elizabeth Seton College and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Rosary Hill (Daeman) College. After graduation, Emmy taught art in kindergarten through grade 6 in the Rome Public Schools until her retirement in 1998.

Emmy was a national waterski champion. She started waterskiing in high school and, during her college years, spent her summers as waterfront director for Camp Nazareth. After graduating from college, Emmy took up waterskiing in earnest. When she moved to Lake Delta, she installed her own waterski course, practiced regularly, and entered and won dozens of regional and national slalom and trick ski competitions. At her first Nationals in 1973, Emmy placed 7th in slalom. In the following years, she racked up multiple second and third place finishes until, in 1988 at the National Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida, she won her first national waterski championship. Emmy went on to win a dozen more national titles in slalom and tricks.

Emmy was an accomplished athlete in multiple sports. In the winter, she was a regular at the Snow Ridge ski area where she was both a ski instructor and a racer. Emmy competed and won many NASTAR ski races, including a national title in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Back in Rome, Emmy helped coach the Rome High School snow ski team.

Emmy was an avid mountain climber. She loved the Adirondack Mountains and climbed the 46 highest peaks, earning her a spot among the elite “46ers”. Emmy was also an enthusiastic and adept windsurfer, kayaker, and mountain biker. In 1998, Emmy was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

Emmy’s family would like to thank family and friends who visited and supported her throughout the past year, especially Ralph Davino, Susan Hanson, and Linda Kimball.

Emmy is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy Healy Stearns and Gordon Stearns of Sewalls Point, FL and Glenwood, NY; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence Carey (Larry) Healy Jr. and Carol Healy of Rome, NY: a nephew and niece-in-law, Lawrence Carey Healy III (Carey) and Megan Healy, and two grand-nephews, Cooper and Beckett, all of Jamesville, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 200 N. James St., Rome.  Interment will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, on Friday from 4-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Emmy’s memory may be made to the St. Peter’s Church Stained Glass Window Fund.

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