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Deadline-driven mom enjoyed 30-year teaching career

Stephen Huba
| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

As a chemistry major, Virginia Malley figured she would be a danger to any lab that hired her, so she switched to math and went into teaching instead, her family said.

Mrs. Malley went to then-Seton Hill College on the five-year teaching plan, which required students to teach for two years and compensated them by lowering their tuition, said her son, Patrick Malley.

She began teaching at Sisters of Charity schools at age 19. “They threw you in there pretty early,” he said.

Mrs. Malley went on to a 30-year career teaching in public schools.

Virginia Malley, of Redstone Highlands in Murrysville, formerly of Trafford, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. She was 77.

Born Aug. 21, 1940, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Mary Alice (Henry) Wesoloski and was raised in Hendersonville.

After graduating from Seton Hill, she taught at Cleveland public schools and the Gateway School District before joining the Penn Junior-Senior High School in 1969. She was one of the original teachers when the Penn-Trafford High School opened in 1972 and worked there through retirement in 1994, Patrick Malley said.

“She started the computer program there before computers were a thing,” said her daughter, Margaret Owens.

From 1994-99, she taught math and education as an adjunct professor at Seton Hill.

Owens said she remembers being a “solid C student” in her mother's Algebra 2 class at Penn-Trafford.

“She was tough, tough, tough. As soon as that bell rang, we were hitting the books. It was all about organization and discipline,” she said. “At home it was similar — she was deadline driven.”

While living at Redstone Highlands, Mrs. Malley was president of the book club and reorganized the library, Owens said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene P. Malley, in 1999.

She is survived by her children, Patrick J. Malley and his wife, Stephanie, of Level Green, and Margaret M. Owens and her husband, Mark, of Amarillo, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home, 702 Seventh St. (Route 130), Trafford. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Regis Church. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Mausoleum, North Versailles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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