Bernadine Helen Swiech

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | May 27, 2022

Bernadine Helen (Shaffer) Kovacs Swiech, 66, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 26, 2022. She was born January 13, 1956 in McKeesport and was the daughter of Julia (Glagola) Shaffer of Elizabeth Township and the late Harry William Shaffer. She was a member of  Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. She grew up in the Crawford Village Housing Projects and later in life became the first female Trustee for the Edwin R. Crawford Foundation. She was a Legal Secretary for 37 years for the late George F. Young and then became an Account Manager for Alpine Packaging for 9 years.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 7 years,  Vincent L. Swiech, Jr., daughters, Traci M. Hrehor of Elizabeth Township and Sheri A. (Glen W.) Yammarino of Frederick, MD, and grandsons, Evan E, Hrehor  and Isaac J. Hrehor of  Elizabeth Township. She was  preceded in death by her brother, Harry "Babe" Shaffer. Friends are welcome from Wednesday June 1, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Pana Hida Service will be held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel at 7:45 pm. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 11 am. The Rev. Dimitri Ermakov will be officiating. Interment will follow at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite McKeesport Charity. Condolences may be made at

Originally published May 27, 2022.

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