Williamsburg-Helen Elizabeth Schwarting was born January 23, 1925 south of Marengo, Iowa. The daughter of William and Elizabeth (Simmons) Hasley. She lived in the Marengo, What Cheer and Williamsburg areas growing up and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1943. She joined the WACS during WWII and served stateside from 1945-1946. Helen was united in marriage to Oren George Schwarting on May 6, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Together they were blessed with seven children. Oren died April 23, 1977. Helen worked at the Landmark Restaurant for nearly 30 years until her retirement. She was a charter member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #8797. She was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society and sang in the choir. Helen was a warm, kind and charitable person, who loved to read, laugh and sing. She has a quick wit and could talk your ear off. Helen passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg at the age of 95.
She is survived by her children, John Schwarting of Williamsburg, Stephanie ( Bob) Diaz, Sheila (Mark) Marzano, Brian Schwarting and Jim (Kelly) Schwarting all of Seattle, Washington; a son-in-law Jim Rowe of Seattle; 6 grandchildren; a great grandson; a brother, James Hasley of Davenport and a sister-in-law, Irene Hasley of Rock Island, Illinois. She is preceded in death by her parents, step father Damon Caldwell, husband Oren, daughter Marcia Rowe, son Gregory Schwarting, a sister Mary Randelman and brother Donald Hasley.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am on Monday, February 1, 2021 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Visitation will be Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. There will be a VFW Auxiliary Service at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Iburg Poulson VFW Auxiliary Post #8797. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.