Helen Rose Alwens


Full Name
Helen Rose Alwens

Date of Birth
Monday, June 24th, 1929

Date of Death
Friday, April 3rd, 2020


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. She lost her final surviving brother, George Schneider, in 2020.

Survivors include a son, Max E. Alwens, Jr. and wife Sandra of Fairview; a daughter, Marla Alwens Larson Fulton and husband Pete of Pittsburgh; 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.; two sisters-in-law, Laura Alwens Parker Hudson and Carol Schneider both of Erie; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a “Celebration Of Life” service at 12 noon on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2216 Peach Street with Reverend Erik Young of St. John’s officiating. Military honors will be rendered by Erie Crawford County Burial Detail.

Burial was private in Erie Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services, Inc., Wintergreen, 2532 Norcross Road, Erie, PA 16510.

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

Service Information

Saturday, September 11th, 2021, 12:00 PM

St. John's Lutheran Church - 2216 Peach Street Erie, PA 16502

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