Helen (Waitekunas) Schwartz (1921 - 2013)

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GALION-Helen Schwartz lived by one simple truth: God's amazing grace toward her propelled her to learn all she could about Christian growth and it compelled her to serve Him obediently. To grow in His grace meant becoming more like Christ. She took seriously her commitments to the Lord, to her church and to her family.

Her firm foundation of faith in Christ has become sight (2 Cor 5:7) as Helen went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning December 11, 2013 from Galion Community Hospital. She was 91.

Born December 17, 1921 in Shadyside, she was the daughter of Felix and Suzanne Waitekunas, and was graduated from Shadyside High School in1939. She began working as a seamstress at the former Ohio Overcoat Company and retired from the former Caleb V. Smith Company, where she worked in the office.

Her devout faith anchored her longtime membership in St. Joseph Catholic Church. She served the church through the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia.

A member of the Red Hat Society, Helen was active with Galion Golden Age Center and was a member of United Auto Workers. Her life revolved around her family. Helen liked to travel, go fishing and was an avid reader. Helen was always so proud of the time she swam across the Ohio River…even though it was many years ago.

Helen is survived by her husband Ernie Schwartz, whom she married September 7, 1991; a son and daughter-in-law George & Kelly Williams of Galion; a daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann & Tim Colyer of Bellefontaine; grandchildren Ian (Beverly) Huff, John (Andrea) Huff, Thomas (Christine) Huff, Amanda Williams, Brianna (Matt) Cleland and Kristoffer Williams; and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Russell James Williams; her second husband Chester H. Moore; an infant son Russell James Williams, Jr.; brothers Alex and Peter Waitekunas; and sisters Agatha Holmes and Julia Mulcahy.

The Schwartz family will receive friends Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 S. Market St., Galion, where a vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m., led by Deacon Greg Kirk. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church celebrated by the Rev. Father John Miller. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Fairview Avenue, Galion.

Fittingly, contributions in her memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel is honored to serve Mrs. Schwartz's family, and private condolences to them may be made online at:
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Galion, OH 44833
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Published in The Galion Inquirer on Dec. 13, 2013
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