Helen M. Howard

GOWANDA – Helen M. Howard, age 89, of Gowanda and Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the home of her daughter Anne and husband Robert’s home in Port Charlotte.

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.

Survivors include 4 sons Thomas (Pat) Howard of Perrysburg, Erie Co. Sherriff Timothy (Sue) Howard of South Wales, Patrick (Diana) Howard of Eden and Kevin (Vicki) Howard of Albion, along with a daughter Anne (Robert) Kwasneski of Port Charlotte, Fla. 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and a brother Bernard Dugan of Kansas.

Besides her husband of 51 years Helen was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Sr. Marcella Dugan, Sr. Anne Jayne Dugan and Sr. Rita Claire Dugan and 2 brothers, Fr. Thomas Gerald Dugan T.O.R. and Gerald Dugan.

Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Go-wanda (716) 532-4200, from 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday, April 17. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Joseph’s RC Church 90 East Main St. Gowanda (assemble at church) Fa-thers Joseph Porpiglia and Daniel Walsh will concelebrate.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s School, c/o the church, or to the Gowanda Ambulance PO Box 143, Gowanda, NY 14070.