Frieda Helfer Passes Away

Frieda Helfer of Skokie, Ill., passed away after a long illness at the age of 85.

Helfer was active in the family glass business, Novelty Glass and Mirror, started by her father, Joseph Hershkopf, in 1917, according to her obituary. During World War II, Frieda and her sister ran the glass business alone, while their brother served in the armed forces. Upon Albert's return, the business was intact and thriving.

According to her obituary, Helfer was active in many social, educational and religious organizations. She was PTA president of College Hill School, former president of Pioneer Women and together with her late husband, Herman, was a founding member of the Congregation of Bnai Emunah in Skokie.

Helfer is survived by her sons, Joel and Harvey, daughter Gail, grandchildren Cliff, Zachary, Jeffrey and Rachel, brother Albert and sister, Rochelle Mantell. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to in her name to American Cancer Society or Jewish United Fund.

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