Helen Noecker was born Helen Swartz, to Emily Isabella Steele and Adam L. Swartz. She was their third child, born after they placed the first two children, both girls, (Frances Irene Swartz, b. 1919, and Wilda Henrietta Swartz, b. 1921) for adoption. they had a 4th child, a boy, Alvin Jackson Swartz. Emily and Adam divorced, and Emily took Helen and "Bud" with her into her later marriage to John C. Noecker. Helen and Bud were evidently known by the name Noecker, and may have been adopted by their step father.
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