Helene Frieland

April 2, 1924December 8, 2015

Helene Reiter Frieland, 91 , of Maplewood, NJ formerly of Westfield, NJ passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 13, at 11:30am at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield, with interment following at B'nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union, NJ For more information, visit, or call (973)422-0600. Helene was born in Chicago on April 2, 1924 and lived for most of her life in the New York metropolitan area, including 61 years in Westfield.

Helene was a flutist who graduated from The Juillard School of Music. She played professionally with Phil Spitalny and His ALL-GIRL Orchestra, and she was the first flutist of the Plainfield Symphony for many years. She was a private flute teacher for scores of area students. She was a past president of the Musical Club of Westfield, of which she continued as a member until her death. Helene was an avid tennis player and a member of the Westfield Tennis Club for more than 25years.

Helene was predeceased by her first husband, Bernard L. Reiter, who died in 1968 after 22 years of marriage, and by her second husband, Seymour H. Frieland, who died in 2014 after 42 years of marriage. Helene is survived by her children; Glenn(and wife Lyn); Lauren (and husband Richard); Donald (and wife Kim); and Neil (and wife Lauren). She also is survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Dr. Mitchell Edson of Fredericksburg, VA

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Scholarship Fund of The Musical Club of Westfield,, or to Temple Emanu-El would be greatly appreciated.



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Rebecca (Nash) Cohen

February 17, 2016

Mrs. Frieland was my flute teacher from 7th-12th grade back in the early 1990s. She was a powerful influence and mentor for me, and I respected her a great deal. I was sorry to learn of her passing. Wishing sympathy to the family.

February 11, 2016

Helene was our close friend and fellow musician for the duration of our 30 years in Westfield, and she continued as a wise confidante on into many of our recent years on Cape Cod. She was a beautiful, elegant, and gifted lady, whose friendship was a treasure. We are heartbroken at her passing and send our deepest sympathy to her family, the pride of her life.
Betty and Noel Tipton