Helen Swanson, 92, of 205 Spruce St., Lakewood N.Y., died early Thursday morning, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Heritage Green Healthcare Facility in Greenhurst, after a brief illness.
Helen was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Jamestown, N.Y., the daughter of Swante and Loletta Lindberg Carlson.
She married Carl A. Swanson on Sept. 18, 1943, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jamestown. She was a longtime resident of Chautauqua County.
Helen was a 1938 graduate of Jamestown High School, and employed in the human resources department of Marlin Rockwell until she retired in 1980.
Helen was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Jamestown Political Study Group. She was a very independent woman who will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her generosity. Helen always had a joke to tell and was affectionately known to her family and friends as "Auntie Ho Ho."
Surviving are a daughter, Carol (Mark) Hassenberg of Red Bank, N.J.; a grandson, Michael (Shannon) Hassenberg of Burlington, Vt.; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Vikkal) Parikh of Hoboken, N.J.; four great-grandchildren: Juliet, Ariel, and Claire Hassenberg, and Amiya Parikh; and a sister, Kathryn Crossley of Jamestown. Also surviving are nephews: Jerry (Julie) Stanton of Jamestown, Thomas Stanton (Nancy) of Maple Springs, John (Liz) Crossley of Sinclairville, David (Janet) Crossley of Gerry, Steven (Anne) Johnson of Lafayette, La., David Johnson of Houston, Texas, Douglas Carlson of Port Orange, Fla., and Gary (Sallie) Swanson of Jamestown; and nieces: Lori (Leo) Jones of Jamestown, Bonnie (Paul) Quesenberry of Raleigh, N.C., and Beverly (Jerry) Daniel of Moon, Va.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents Swante and Loletta Carlson; her sister, Virginia Atkins; her brother, Frederick Carlson; her husband, Carl A. Swanson; her niece, Janice Fera; and her nephew, Rodney Carlson.
The family will receive friends at the Lind Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. The funeral will be held on Sunday Nov. 11, at the Lind Funeral Home at 2 p.m. The Rev. Daniel K. Nagle will officiate.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; or to a charity of one's choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Helen at www.lindfuneralhome.com.