The Life of Helen Swinehart



AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services celebrating the life of Helen I. Swinehart, 92, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Austintown Community Church. Helen passed away peacefully Tuesday evening with her family by her side.

She was born Feb. 17, 1921, in St. Louis, the daughter of Louis Wilson Brown and Esther Reynolds Brown.

On Dec. 3, 1944, she married the love of her life, Arthur V. Swinehart after meeting him while she was doing volunteer work for the American Red Cross in St. Louis.

Together they shared 50 years of marriage before Arthur died in 1994. The Swineharts spent 40 years ministering at Austintown Community Church, where Helen enjoyed being Rev. Swinehart’s wife.

Helen was involved in every phase of the church, which was very important to her. She also had been a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Leader as her children grew, member of the Austintown Historical Society, worked in the kitchen serving meals to the Kiwanis Club on Wednesdays and was a member of the Three Arts Club of Youngstown.

After Rev. Swinehart retired, they were very active at Chautauqua Institution in New York, where Rev. Swinehart was Chaplin Administrator for U.C.C. and Helen, as usual, was his biggest helper.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Mary (Jack) Deville, John Swinehart, and Jane (John) Tallman, all of Austintown, Elizabeth Clark of Salem, and David (Elzbieta) Swinehart of Linden, N.J.

Helen is also survived by grandchildren, John-Christian (Leann) Tallman, Travis Clark, John Reynolds Swinehart, and Matthew Swinehart; and great-grandson Christian Tallman.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Cecil Reynolds; sisters, Josephine May and Jayne Brown; and son-in-law Frank Clark.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church, prior to services.

The Swinehart family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to Austintown Community Church Need Room or the Austintown Historical Society in Helen’s name.

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