Helen Susan Schwanda, 70 years, of Lincoln Village in Port Washington, formerly of North Carolina and Philadelphia, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, after a long battle with emphysema.
Helen was born April 28, 1943, in Abbottsburg, N.C., to William and Susan E. Smith. In 1968, Helen moved with her family to the Port Washington area. She was employed at Modern Equipment Company in Port Washington for 30 years, retiring in 2009 as a Senior Cost Accounting Clerk. During that time, she also worked at Harborside Holiday Inn for 13 years as a Front Desk Clerk. Helen was a dedicated mother who took great joy in raising her children. She enjoyed being a member of the Sheepshead Card Club, Girls Night Out Club, Modern Equipment Company Dinner Club, volunteering at the Port Washington Senior Center, working on the computer/internet, and was very active with Reach for Recovery, a cancer survivor group.
Helen is survived by her two children, Anthony (Susan) Schwanda of Boulder Junction, and Susan Anne (Thomas) Kegel of Round Lake, Ill.; six grandchildren, Ian and Olivia Schwanda and Andrew, Maddy, Anna, and Sean Kegel; three brothers, Ron Metz, Steve (Patti) Metz both from Philadelphia, Pa., and Jeffrey (Debbie) Metz of Elcajon, Calif.; one sister, Charlotte (Robert) Pollard of Boston, Mass.; her mother-in-law, Anna Schwanda of Wauwatosa; one brother-in-law, Alan (Debbie) Schwanda of Germantown; and three sisters-in-law, Terry Slawney of Elm Grove, Ann (Steve Kineke) Schwanda of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Allison (Jenna Woodul) Schwanda of Cupertino, Calif.; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Kevin Metz; and one sister, Vanette Smith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m., at St. Anne Catholic Church, Boulder Junction, with Father Mike Hayden presiding.
Burial will be in Cemetery of the Pines in Boulder Junction.
Visitation will be held at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington Monday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and will also be held at the church Wednesday, June 12, 10-11 a.m.
The family wishes to thank Aurora VNA Hospice, especially Mary Ann Wleklinski, and Helen’s personal caregivers, Laura Mueller, Denise Kuopus, and Terry Webb, for their kind and compassionate care.
Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.