Mary Ellen Verdeur, who previously operated Pennsylvania-based Joe Verdeur Swimming Pool Supplies with her husband, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease January 12. She was 88.

Born in Philadelphia, she later worked for the Marine Corps as secretary. She also volunteered at a local church and a school.

Beginning in the 1960s, she assisted her husband, Joseph (an Olympic medalist in swimming), at the pool supply store, running the office and handling the bills.

She is survived by sons Joseph Jr. and Kevin; a daughter, Michele Donahue; a brother; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1991. Read More