Helen Swanson


OHIO, Ill. —Helen W. Swanson, 94, of Ohio, Ill., passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Helen was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Princeton, the daughter of Ferris and Gladys (Davis) Paden. She married Guy B. Sisler Jr. He died during World War II. She later married Richard W. Swanson on Nov. 26, 1948. He preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 2005.

Helen was a mother and homemaker who loved spending time with her family, especially attending her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. She enjoyed raising and showing Appaloosa horses with her husband and granddaughters, Dawn and Stacy.

Living are her beloved family members: one daughter, Barbara DeBruhl of Sun Prairie, Wis.; one stepdaughter, Kathy Head of Monticello; one sister, Betty Bass of Walnut; four grandchildren, Dawn (Phil) Hasz, Brooks (Carol) DeBruhl, Stacy (Mike) Weiner and Josh (Rebekah Burwell) DeBruhl; two stepgranddaughters, Darla (Gary) Lynn and Chris (Tim) Harman; seven great-grandchildren, Derek DeBruhl, Keely Brown, Brady DeBruhl, Cody Hasz, Sylvia Hasz, Cooper Hasz and Zoey Weiner; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Mallory Lynn, Brittany Lynn, Dan Harman, Nathan Harman, Zachary Harman and Jenna Harman; and several nieces and nephews, who meant the world to her.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; two sisters, Phyllis Pomeroy and Roberta Thompson; her son-in-law, Buddy DeBruhl; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Bass and Joe Pomeroy.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lloyd Johnson of the Utica Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Ohio, Ill.

Memorials have been established to the Ohio Fire Department, American Heart Association, Diabetes Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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