January 21, 1941 – April 28, 2019
Helen Knappenberger, a long-time resident of the South Bend area, died Sunday, 28 April 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Helen was born Helena Swilo on 21 January 1941, in Ozierawa, Poland to Justyna and Piotr Swilo. The family had difficult years in a German internment camp during World War II. After the war, Helen and her family spent several years in a DP camp before coming to the United States, eventually settling in South Bend, Indiana. Helen attended St. Casimir Parish grade school and Washington High School. After graduation she worked at South Bend Lathe for the next 38 years in various positions.
Helen married Dale Knappenberger in 1962. They enjoyed their time together through 57 years of marriage, with Helen forever being her husband’s “little darling.”
Helen was a loving mother of two sons, Leonard and Daniel. Helen was also a nurturing and doting caretaker, and she was devoted to bringing happiness to her entire family. She was especially fond of treating her loved ones with her homemade pierogies, kieflies, and pumpkin roll.
Helen was preceded in death by her mother and father, as well as her brother Joe and sister Donna. She is survived by her husband, Dale; her sons Len and his wife Lisa of South Bend, IN, and Dan and his wife Mary of San Jose, CA; and three grandchildren: Justine, Lukas, and Alexander.
A memorial service celebrating Helen’s life will be held at a later date. Bubb Funeral Chapel, Mishawaka, Indiana, has been entrusted with the arrangements.