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Helen Rose (Schneider) Alwens

June 24, 1929 ~ April 3, 2020 (age 90)

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Helen Rose Schneider Alwens, 90, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020, at her home in Erie.  She was born on June 24, 1929, in Erie, Pa., daughter of the late George and Helen Filzer Schneider. She was a graduate of Academy High School and Erie Commercial College.  Rose enlisted in the Women's Army Corp (WAC) and served as a Physical Therapist Tech.  She married Max Eugene Alwens in the Chapel of the 98th General Hospital in Munich, Germany, on September 6, 1952.  She retired from the Bureau of Employment Security (Unemployment Office) in 1989.  She previously worked in the Physical Therapy Department of Orthopedic Associates of Erie for 19 years.  She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Erie, where she and her husband worked with Project Dignity and sang in the church choir.  Rose enjoyed reading, music, league bowling and card playing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Max E. Alwens, Sr. in 2015; two brothers, Henry and Morris Schneider; an infant brother, Edward Schneider; and her sister-in-law and friend, Louise Alwens Doty.

Survivors include a son, Max E. Alwens, Jr. and wife Sandra of Fairview; a daughter, Marla Alwens Larson Fulton and husband Pete of Pittsburgh; brother, George Schneider and wife Carol of Erie; four grandchildren, Rian Alwens Estok and husband Jeff and Max Matthew Alwens and wife Briana, all of Erie, Abigail Larson Adams and husband Nick of Columbia, Maryland and Stefan Larson and wife Lindsay of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sister-in-law, Laura Alwens Parker Hudson of Erie; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, a private service with burial in Erie Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Erik Young of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating.  When it is safe to gather, the family will receive friends and celebrate Rose’s life with a Memorial Service.  The day and time will be announced.  

Flowers are gratefully declined at this time.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2219 Peach Street, Erie, PA  16502.         

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