Helen Beskid Thorwart, age 78, of Erie, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at UPMC Hamot. She was born February 4, 1935 in Erie, daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Gusley Beskid. She had resided in Erie her entire life. Helen was a 1953 graduate of the former Academy High School. She was a devoted homemaker who lovingly cared for her family. She had previously been employed as a bookkeeper by Bliley Electric Co. Helen was a devoted member of St. James R.C. Church. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and quilting. Her greatest joy was loving and caring for her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, James J. Thorwart, who died March 13, 1999; two sisters, Mary Tutler and Anne Love; six brothers, Joseph, John, Nick, Steve, Pete and George Beskid. Survivors include one son, James Thorwart of Erie; three daughters, Cathy Smith (Greg) of Fairview, Chrissie Clark (Don) of Wattsburg and Tammy Pashupathi (Jay) of Erie; eight grandchildren, Andrew Torok, Ali Torok, Justin and Jessie Smith, Josh and Genie Smith, Eric Smith, Benjamin Clark, Jared Pashupathi and Jordan Pashupathi; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. James R.C. Church at 10 a.m. Private interment, Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James R.C. Church, 2635 Buffalo Rd., Erie, PA 16510. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Dusckas Funeral Home - East Side
2607 Buffalo Road Erie, PA 16510
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 7, 2013