Mary Porter Schwanke, 59, of Warren, PA died Friday, May 16, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

Born on July 21, 1954 in Corry, PA she was the daughter of the late Allen Maurice and Ida Alberteen Messenger Porter. Mary was a graduate of Corry High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College and she later received her Master’s Degree from Edinboro University. She had been employed for 35 years with the Warren County School District as a reading specialist, retiring in 2012. Mary was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and had been a member of the Mother’s Club. She enjoyed reading, gardening and along with her husband enjoyed doing wedding photography.

Mary is survived by her husband, Rock Schwanke, whom she married on October 1, 1983 in Warren, PA. She is also survived by three children, Paul Allen Schwanke of Pittsburgh, PA, Broc Jaymes Schwanke and Allura Ashley Schwanke, both of Warren, PA, one sister, Linda Porter of Bear Lake, PA, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at

2:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA with Reverend Jeff Ewing, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in West View Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA, 16365, or to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY, 10006. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting