Helen Louise Schwenk

Mar 31, 1927 - Feb 21, 2016


March 31, 1927 – February 21, 2016 A 60 year resident of Carmichael entered into the presence of her Lord & Savior February 21st after nearly 5 months in hospice. Helen was 88. In 1956, Mrs. Schwenk moved with her husband and daughter Sandy from their hometown of Washington D.C. to enable her husband’s work in the Polaris missile program and aerospace industry. Leaving family and friends they began their “grand adventure” driving across this great country to build a new life in California. Helen was a woman of many talents and interests; an avid gardener, seamstress, oil painter, she had more hobbies than time. She enjoyed making jam and won First Place for her plum jam at the California State Fair. She loved to cook, at one point owning her own catering company “Schwenkenheimer Catering.” Helen worked in bookkeeping for years and took pride in “balancing to the penny” before the advent of computers. She was the first person to retire from the California State Lottery in 1986. A lover of classical music, Helen was the first President of The North Area Community Symphony Orchestra Guild in 1963. The Guild’s purpose was to advance the education of the community in symphonic music, through encouragement and assistance to the Symphony. The NASB changed its name to Camellia Symphony in 1968. Mrs. Schwenk was passionate about travel and new adventures! She traveled many times to England and Hawaii, as well as Germany, Austria, France, the Bahamas, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, India, Japan and China. Always someplace else to go and one more trip to take! The three most important things in Helen’s life were God, Ed Schwenk – her best friend and husband of 52 years, and her family. She loved laughter, family holiday celebrations and big family dinners. An elegant, intelligent woman she was never shy in sharing her opinions. Strong and beautiful, she was admired and respected by family and friends for her ready smile and kind, generous heart. Mrs. Schwenk is survived by her children Sandra Brandt, Kurt Schwenk and spouse Jennifer, Bill Schwenk and spouse Gina, and Lisa Schwenk and spouse Mark Ludwig. Helen was Nanny and grandmother to 8: Amanda Broggie, Jesse Schwenk, William Schwenk, Sabrina Weeks, Brittani Broussard, Jennifer Deatrick, Robert Brandt and Karey Arthur. She loved and adored every one of her grandchildren! She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way. Her family would like to thank Seini Caqeti, Helen’s friend and caretaker of 10 years for her love and devotion. They would also like to thank Kylie Whittaker, Gina Schwenk and Toni Kerber who also provided unfailing care, friendship, love and support to Helen during her final days. A visitation will be held February 25th from 4-8 at East Lawn Sierra Hills, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held the following day on February 26th at 10 am, also at East Lawn Sierra Hills.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841


  • Linda and LeDean Mefford says:

    We are so sorry for the families loss of your Mother, Grand Mother and Great Grand Mother. She was Mother of the street when we were all growing up. I can remember when Bill was late coming in or for dinner she would be outside the front door calling him (Bimmie) however I never heard her yell for you other kids. Loved her like a second mom

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