Helen Barbara Swenski, 92, Lily Lake, Wapwallopen, died August 13, 2013, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Helen was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 3, 1921. She was the oldest daughter of the late Joseph and Michaelena Sklarowski Klepadlo.
She attended the former St. Mary’s Church of the Maternity “Polish School,” Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre. She terminated her education early to go to work to help support her large family during the Depression.
At a very young age, she learned, through her mother and father, the values of hard work, faithfulness, compassion, loyalty, humility, having fun and loving Jesus Christ as her
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personal Lord and savior. She grew to become a very caring, loyal and supportive wife and mother.
She did domestic housework for the Gelbs on Market Street, then worked most of her life for the shoe and garment industry, working for Central Slipper, Faith Shoe and other area manufacturers.
Helen was an avid fisherwoman who spent countless hours fishing in the waters of Lily Lake with her sisters-in-law, Stella Stavetski, Edna Morrelli and Josephine Coburn. She was a regular fisher of bass and catfish in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, until the fish commission bought Lily Lake in 1970 and introduced northern pike and muskies, ruining the fishing back then.
In her own way, she served her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, as a fisher of men. Now her soul is with Him in glory awaiting the end of this world.
She married the late John Bernard Swenski in 1945 at the end of World War II and started raising her family in Wilkes-Barre and at the summer home in Lily Lake. Helen and John enjoyed 66 blessed years together in marriage with life’s ups and downs, trials, tribulations and happiness.
John passed on Dec. 16, 2011, at the age of 89. She also lost brothers, John Klepadlo, who died at a very young age; Stanley Klepadlo, 1984; Stephen
Klepadlo, 1987; Leo Klepadlo, 1995; and Joseph Klepadlo, 2011.
Surviving are her son, Dr. Richard Swenski, Lily Lake; and one sister, Mary Klepadlo Florio, Plains Township. She will also be missed by her faithful and loving dogs, Charlie and baby Mitzie.
Helen’s family gives special thanks to Susan Ashton Werner, M. D.; Mallapa Basavannepa Udoshi, M. D., Ph. D.; and her very special home health giver, Debbie Hoyt, who spent the last three years providing personal care to Helen up until the very end. Special thanks are also given to Steward Smith, John Woytowicz and Dino and Steven Galella, who gave of their time and energy to help in any way possible.
Rich Swenski, will be accepting cash donations to continue in the restoration and restocking of Lake St. John with fish in Helen’s memory.
Dwayne Miller, 52, Mountain Top, died August 15, 2013 at his residence.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Barney and Nelda (Shafer) Miller. Dwayne loved fishing, hunting, clamming with his cousins and family in Delaware, and had a passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He loved concerts with his buddy Wally Ruggiero, and was a faithful fan of John Fogerty. Dwayne lived life to the fullest and will be missed by so many. His humor and his big smile will always be in all of our hearts. Dwayne was never bored a day in his life, and the way he lived his life it showed. He was a hard-worker and took pride in all he did.
Dwayne is survived by and was a loving husband of 32 years to the love of his life, his wife, Becky; he was a wonderful dad to his daughter, Brandi, and her husband, Mike Bell, Pittston. He is also survived by his siblings, brother, Barney Miller, husband to Pat; sister Cheryl, wife of George Williams; and sister Jackie, wife to Rob Gofus; sister-in-law Rita, wife of Rick Bartlett; sister-in-law Janell, wife of Gregg Laurie; and brother-in-law Jeff Otremba. He was a loving uncle to and is survived by Jamie, Bobby Lauren, Butch, Tammy, Justin, Jason, Javier, Gail, Patty, Dawn and Barb. He was a wonderful friend, uncle, cousin and brother-in-law.
The funeral service was held at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Interment was in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top.
The family asks that memorial donations be made in Dwayne’s name to the Mountain Top Presbyterian Church, 9 Chestnut St., Mountain Top, PA 18707.
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