Helen E. Swistak
Helen E. Swistak, 91, a retired registered nurse from Newport, passed away on Sept. 12, 2012. She was the wife of Walter Swistak for 69 years. She was born in Natick, Mass., the daughter of Charles H. and Ruth Pickett, and stepdaughter of Marion Pickett.
A graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital in 1942, she practiced her profession at St. Luke’s Hospital and Newport Hospital, in addition to private nursing for 30 years.
She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Newport, serving as a deacon for many years. She was also a member of the Naomi Circle and the quilting group, which raised money for the missions.
Helen loved flowers, was skilled in sewing and fine needlework, loved to travel, and enjoyed the beauty of Aquidneck Island and the area beaches. She was proud of her five children, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and enjoyed their many talents and accomplishments.
Besides her husband Walter, she leaves three sons; Christopher and wife Laurie of Newport, Mark and wife Deborah of Jamestown, and Michael and wife Paula of Jamestown; two daughters, Susan Mc- Weeney of Middletown and Sally Swistak and companion Ron Ford of Newport. Her brothers were the late Charles R. Pickett of Hudson, Fla., and Robert C. Pickett of Fairhaven, Mass. The 15 grandchildren include Julie Maloney, Meredith Day, Laura Swistak, Michelle Chessin, Katherine Moniz, Christopher, Brian, Patrick, Mark, Matthew and Noah Swistak, Ethan, Michael and Matthew Richardson, and Jason Oakley. The 23 great-grandchildren include Ryan, Brett, Evan and Kate Maloney, Emma, Christopher III and Avery Swistak, Elizabeth, John and Abigail Day, Sydney, Madeleine, Colin and Connor Chessin, Mark III and Cameron Swistak, Chase Moniz, Colton Swistak and Olivia Swistak, Jackson and Dahlia Richardson, and Cody Field and Tyler Boiani.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, 249 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 201, Pawtucket RI 02860, or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.