Helene D. Sweigart, 94, of Ephrata, PA passed away at home on
December 7, 2018.
She was born in Ozone Park, New York to
Emmanuel and Mary (Gabriel) Yris on March 13, 1924. Helene's parents died when she was quite
young, and she was raised in Newburg, New York by her great aunt and later in
Rexmont, PA by her aunt, Jenny Gabriel Orfino.
Helene was a graduate of Cornwall
High School where she met the love of her life Herman C Sweigart, whom she
She worked as a reporter for the Lebanon
Daily News and later in life as a cashier for Goodwill Industries of Ephrata,
Helene was preceded in death by her parents,
a son, Bradlee Sweigart, husband of Kathy, of Florida, and a sister, Josie
a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, is survived by her
daughter, Iris, wife of Herbert Lowe of Ephrata, PA., four grandchildren: Romina,
wife of Scott McEllhenney of Ephrata, Tom Harrison of Hopeland, PA, Jessica and
Johanna Sweigart of California, and five great-grandchildren.
Also, surviving is her brother Emmanuel J.
Yris husband of Marjorie of Naples, FL. and a niece Michelle Weinhold of
Funeral services will be private at
the convenience of the family and are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home
For Funerals, 100 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA.