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Helen E. Swogger, 83, of Swogger Lane, New Beaver Borough, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, following an extended illness.
Born May 29, 1934, in New Castle, she was a daughter of the late Earl S. and Effie Clingerman Jay.
She was married for 60 years to John Ralph Swogger, who passed away June 29, 2012.
Helen graduated from Wampum High School with the Class of 1952.
She could sew anything. Helen had the ability to turn any idea into reality. Through the years, she created one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, mother of the bride and bridesmaids' dresses, prom gowns, along with children's apparel. She did everything on a limited budget and made every customer feel beautiful.
Her creativity carried over into her home as she loved changing decorations for every season. What she did best was make you feel important and loved.
She enjoyed county music, watching Christmas movies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy (David) Arner of Brook Park, Ohio, and Trudi (David) Nottingham and Gayle (Jeffrey) Smith, both of Wampum; two sons, Eric Swogger of Homewood and Erin "Guzz" Swogger of Wampum; three brothers, Mearle, Elmer "Butch" and Gary "Pudge" Jay; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Vada Yagersky, Carrie Shea, Edith Preisel and Ethel Dennis; and three brothers, Guy, Arthur and Elbert Jay.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church where a memorial service will follow at 4:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jay Fund, in care of Michele Beichner, 150 N. School St., Shippenville, PA 16254. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.
Online condolences may be offered at marshallsfh.com.
Published on September 20, 2017
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