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Helen M. (Swiscz) Canty
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Helen's memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01970.

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1 of 7 | Posted by: CHERI CANTY RUST - SUTTER, CA

“Just saw this posting Judy. So very sorry for your loss. I know how close you were. Call me any time, contact me on face book, we can get together...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Elisa Hockenhull - Lynn, MA

“To Jay and Susan. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Gary Marfongelli

“I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother She was such a lovely lady and great neighbor Rosemary (Koen) Deschene ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Rosemary (Koen) Deschene - MA

“So sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady. Jack, Joanne, Judy, Jim and Jay and families,you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: David, Patricia and Lindsay Thornell - NC

“Dear Canty Family, Kevin and i were saddened to learn of Aunt Helen's death. She led a long and happy life with family and friends. We know you all...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kevin and Sheila O'Keeffe - NM

“So sorry for your loss. She was a great person and loving grandmother. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Beth Canty - Garner, NC

SALEM- Mrs. Helen M. (Swiscz) Canty 97, of Salem, beloved wife of the late John J. Canty Jr. died November 12, 2015 at her home following a brief illness.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Dimitri and Mary (Vlodika) Swiscz. She was raised and educated in Peabody and attended Peabody Schools.

Mrs. Canty was a long time dedicated Nursing Assistant at various nursing homes on the North Shore. She spent many years of her career at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead.

Helen was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first. She enjoyed playing Bingo and spent much of free time perfecting the gardens and look of her yard. She took great pride in her horticulture and beauty of her yard.

Helen always considered herself one of the luckiest people on the earth because she found her true love in her husband John. They were devoted to each other. Whenever they hit the dance floor all eyes were on the Canty couple as their love for each other was on display for all to see. John was truly her soul mate and love of her life and they are now united in heaven.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Judith M. Neylon of Salem, Joanne E. Canty of Lynn, her sons, John J. Canty and his wife Barbara of Salem, James M. Canty of Salem and Joseph "Jay" Canty and his wife Susan of Salem, her 12 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Tessie O'Keefe, Victoria Thornell and John Swiscz.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, Monday, Nov. 16th at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours in The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Sunday, from 2 to 5 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Helen's memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit