Helen M. Howard

GOWANDA -Helen M. Howard, 89, of Gowanda and Port Charlotte, Fla. passed away at the home of her daughter Anne and husband Robert in Port Charlotte surrounded by family. Helen was born in Osceola Mills, Pa. on October 17, 1923, the daughter of Thomas and Lucy (Mellon) Dugan. Helen married Vincent E. Howard on June 10, 1947 in Osceola Mills, Pa. Vincent passed away December 12, 1998. An educator, Helen graduated from Villa Maria College in Erie, Pa. In

1945, she taught English and Latin in Shinglehouse, Pa. Her New York teaching included the former Thomas Indian School, St. Joseph’s School and Gowanda Central where she taught English. Helen’s teaching career spanned more than 36 years. She retired in 1981. A member of the National Education Association, Helen also was a member of the New York State Teachers Association and St. Joseph’s RC Church where she was a member of the church’s Altar and

Rosary Society. Helen was also a member of the American Legion Post 409 Ladies Auxiliary in Gowanda. Survivors include four sons: Thomas (Pat) Howard of Perrysburg; Erie Co. Sheriff Timothy (Sue) Howard of South Wales; Patrick (Diana) Howard of Eden; and Kevin (Vicki) Howard of Albion; a daughter Anne (Robert) Kwasneski of Port Charlotte, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and a brother Bernard Dugan of Kansas. Besides her husband of 51 years Helen was preceded in death by three sisters: Sr. Marcella Dugan; Sr. Anne Jayne Dugan and Sr. Rita Claire Dugan; and two brothers Fr. Thomas Gerald Dugan T.O.R. and Gerald Dugan. Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME 44 Center St. Gowanda (716)-532-4200 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday (April 18, 2013) at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph’s RC Church, 90 East Main St., Gowanda (assemble at

church). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph’s RC Church c/o the church or to the Gowanda Ambulance Service P.O.,Box 143 Gowanda, N.Y. 14070