Helen Schwerman (80) of Effingham


Published on July 27 2012 9:49 am

Helen Schwerman, 80, of Effingham, went to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, July 26, 2012, with her family by her side, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012, at Sacred Heart Church in Effingham. Friends may call from 4:00 till 7:00 p.m., Sunday July 29th at Hall Funeral Chapel, 1110 N. Fourth St. in Effingham. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Effingham. The family request that memorials may be made to the Pediatrics Unit at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham in lieu of flowers.

Helen was born on June 4, 1932 in Effingham, the daughter of William B. and Anna ( Nuxoll) Niebrugge. She married George Henry “Harry” Schwerman on January 16, 1960 at St. Mary Help of Christian Church in Green Creek. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1990.  Helen was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Effingham, (baptized and married at St. Mary Help of Christian Church in Green Creek), Past President and Treasurer of the Council of Catholic Women and member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Effingham.  Helen first received her education in grade school at St. Mary Help of Christian School, going on from there to high school at Teutopolis, and later attending St. Joseph School of Nursing in Joliet, IL. Her occupation throughout her life, besides being a homemaker, mother, and grandmother, she was a Registered Nurse. She worked at Dr. Hartmann’s office for 2 years and Dr. Henry Thompson’s office for 4 years as an office nurse, Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center as a Rehabilitation Director for 6 years, Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center as the Director of Nursing for 2 years, and St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse for 23 years.

Survivors include, 2 sons; Paul W. (Tammy) Schwerman of Phoenix, AZ, and Mark A. (Shawn) Schwerman of Bloomington, IL, 11 grandchildren; PFC Scott A. Schwerman of North Carolina, Cassandra Christine “C.C.” Schwerman of Phoenix, AZ, Marion (Howard) Theisman, Joseph Klitzing, Darrell (Sandy) Schwerman, Charles Schwerman, Debbie (Daniel) Milner, Dana, Gregg and Dominic Schwerman, and Adrianne Gorbachik, 20 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters; Clara G. Miller, Anna (James “Bill”) Barlage and Celeste (Galen) Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Harry, 2 children; Mary Margaret Klitzing and Charles Schwerman, grandchild; Robert Klitzing, 5 brothers; Leo, Otto, Leonard, Martin and Ralph Niebrugge, and sister; Sophia Dust.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Kenny and Jaime Schwerman and others, who offered love and support during Helen’s last weeks.