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Helen F. Szwast


Szwast, Helen F. (Baich), 90, formerly of East Conemaugh, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Amber Springs of Laurelwood Care Center. She was the daughter of George and Mary (Janakovich) Baich, born on September 25, 1930, in Johnstown, PA. Helen enjoyed polka music, parties, and her daily swims at the YMCA in Johnstown. She loved animals, especially dogs and sitting on her patio swing with friends and family. Helen was a member of the Assumption of the BVM choir. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Blaine E. Szwast; sister, Ann Frank; and brother, George Baich. Helen is survived by her two daughters, Patricia and husband Daniel Beilchick, Heilwood; Linda and husband David Dietz, Franklin Borough; three grandsons, Lt. Colonel David S. Dietz, Lithia, FL; Jeffrey and wife Renee (Flora) Dietz, Jackson Township; Adam and wife Emily (Johnston) Beilchick, Monroeville; along with four great grandchildren, Carter, Kaedynce, Madison, Kameron Dietz; and numerous family members, nieces, nephews, and friends. Helen was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 5. At Helen’s request there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Helen’s family would like to thank the nurses, nurse’s aides, and staff of Penn Hospice and Amber Springs of Laurelwood Care Center for their wonderful care of their mother, with special thanks to her roommate, Rita Smith. Donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Humane Society of Cambria County, 734 Galleria Dr. Johnstown, PA 15904. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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