She was the last survivor of ten children born to the late Joseph and Julia Stonich and was raised in Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range where she graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1938. Following graduation, she attended Ely Junior College and moved to Chicago during WWII where she worked, married and started a family.
In 1966, following the 1962 death of her first husband, she married Hubert Swartout and together they raised their combined family of seven children in suburban Chicago. They spent summers in the family cabin in Allenspark, CO until retiring full-time to Estes Park in 1983 where the couple enjoyed many years, together sharing their love of this special mountain community. Following Dr. Swartout’s death, in 2004 Helen moved to Good Samaritan Village in Estes where she lived joyfully until her death.
Helen was always busily engaged in local activities including St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, PEO, Antiquarians and Bridge Club, was an avid reader and Denver Bronco Superfan. She also enjoyed attending theater and concerts and relished weekly dinner outings with area family members. Throughout her life, Helen enjoyed engaging people for good times and lively conversation.
She is survived by seven children, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Her remains will be cremated and rest next to those of her late husband, Hugh, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Services to be held at St. Bartholomew’s on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Estes Park Medical Center, Good Samaritan Society of Estes Park or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend its profound appreciation to all those involved in her care at Estes Park Medical Center, Prospect Park Living Center and especially to Randy, Julie, Brooks and the staff of Good Samaritan for the innumerable acts of kindness they exhibit each day.