Helen B. Friedli
January 23, 1922 – January 4, 2020
Helen Bradfield Friedli of San Antonio, Texas passed away on January 4, 2020 at the age of 97 years old. She was born to Bessie Stone Bradfield and Irwin E Bradfield in Detroit, Michigan on January 23, 1922. She was a member of the John Calvin Presbyterian Church and had served as an elder and president of women's activities there and at Madison Square Presbyterian Church. Previously, Helen graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and received her Masters Degree from University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Before she attended the University of Wisconsin, she spent 2 years in Cuba on a scholarship and taught Spanish one year at Carroll University. It was in Madison that she met her future husband Fritz Friedli. They married September 17, 1949 in Waukesha, Wisconsin and started married life in Mexico, where they lived 13 years. In November, 1962, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she has resided since. During the next 15 years, Helen taught Spanish at San Antonio College and Theodore Roosevelt High School. Helen was an active member of Chapter Y P.E.O., San Antonio Texas de Bexar Chapter of D.A.R., House of Neighborly Auxiliary, and Church Women United. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Bessie and Irwin Bradfield, sister Mary Elizabeth Roberts, husband Fritz Friedli, son Stanley Friedli, and grandson Benjamin Friedli. Helen is survived by her son David Friedli and wife Sally, son John Friedli and wife Debbie, son Armin Friedli and son. Stanley's wife Becky Friedli and 9 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 23rd from 6-8 pm at Sunset Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be on Friday, January 24th at 12:00 pm at Cross Roads Church; 8102 Walzem Rd. with burial to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
8102 Walzem Rd.
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
- Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
Helen B. Friedli
Mel and Beth Young
January 23, 2020
Not a birthday, wedding anniversary, Easter, Mother’s Day or Christmas went by without a lovely card and handwritten note from Aunt Helen! Not only did she share her own special family moments and activities, but was genuinely interested in us, our children, and our grandkids. She had a lovely way of making us feel special and part of our larger “ohana” (family). There were a few trips she and Uncle Fritz had made to the islands over the years, and there were a couple that were especially significant for us—her visiting my Mom, her older sister “Liz” daily over a week, while she underwent cancer treatment in Honolulu; the other remembrance was one Mother’s Day on Oahu, a day we spent together. Aunt Helen has left an indelible mark on our lives, and for that we are so thankful.
January 21, 2020
I only met Aunt Helen once, but all of her sister's kids knew her by her faithful correspondence with us on our birthday and holidays. I finally met her when she and Uncle Ftitz were passing through Oregon from Washington, on their way to California. We spent a lovely evening at the best restaurant in town, catching up on news of my cousins. I still remember the sound of her voice and mannerisms as they were akin to her sister's, my Mom. I sure will miss those letters at Christmas and the birthday greetings as it connected me to her and my Mom. She lead a long and interesting life and am blessed to have known her these many years.
January 18, 2020
We've lived in Michigan since 1992, and we used to visit about every other year to Texas for Christmas at Grandma (Helen) and Grandpa's (Fritz) house. One thing I learned there is that the upstairs toilet doesn't flush as effectively as the ones at home. I found this out when the dining room chandelier had water dripping down it once. I was younger and was definitely embarrassed, but Grandma just said "Oh my!" and made sure I didn't feel bad since it was an accident. She was always so nice and gracious. There were many other times she showed how wonderful she was, but that instance really stands out for me.
I also loved her extensive Lincoln Log set and playing tiddlywinks! She made Texas feel like a home away from home whenever we visited. She will definitely be missed, and it's wonderful to hear about all the lives she touched in her time with us.
January 12, 2020
I remember playing Scrabble with my grandma. She always had awesome words. Very fun to play with her. :)
January 11, 2020
Thank you for accepting me and treating me more like a daughter than a daughter-in-law. You welcomed me into your home on that Thanksgiving years ago, meeting me for the first time, and offered a very delicious Turkey dinner with all the trimmings! Friendly hospitality and being a great cook were definitely some of your many Godly gifts! Ingredients in your delish meals included love, care and comfort for those that tasted your awesome cuisine. You were an amazing person, mother, and wife as you and Dad raised 4 outstanding boys, you were an excellent teacher, leader in your church and had a big heart and an encourager for others. You always had a smile, positive outlook on life and a deep faith in our Lord. We are missing you. Love, Sally
January 11, 2020
Aunt Helen was one of my favorite persons. She was a positive and enlightening woman who enjoyed family life and community service. The last time I saw Aunt Helen was some years ago when she and her husband visited the Big Island of Hawaii. She spent a pleasant day at my brother Scott's home near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All of us had a grand time trading family stories and worldly travels. She will be missed.
Russell Roberts (nephew).
January 10, 2020
Helen was one of the kindest, wisest, and most authentic woman of her generation. She was a working mother long before it was commonplace for women to work full time outside of the home. She was a giving person, generously devoting her time and talents to various charities and religious organizations. She was an inspiration to countless students, including my siblings, at Roosevelt High School in the 1970's, making learning Spanish fun rather than a chore. I must admit I was jealous of my siblings who took her class as they would recount amusing stories of the "fiestas" she held on a near weekly basis. I will always remember her smile as she was invariably cheerful and brightened any room she entered. She will be missed by all whose hearts she touched. Rest in peace dear Helen......
January 9, 2020
What a joy and a blessing to have known you for 42 years! I remember the first time I met you and Dad, which was the day before I married your wonderful son John. You welcomed me with open arms and lots of love. You were more than a mother-in-law to me. We've had many adventures and special moments throughout the years. You and Dad always took the time to visit us wherever we lived, sharing many loving family memories with your grandson, Adam. Mom, your deep and abiding faith in our Dear Lord and Savior is a shining example to us all. I will greatly miss you and your warm smile, but I rejoice in knowing that you are face to face with the Glory of Jesus now. My love and gratitude to you always!
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
Jeanne Unertl McDermott
January 9, 2020
Dearest Aunt Helen, The memories seem rather insignificant at this time. All the memories are here in my heart and will always remain there. Though we were many, many miles apart family is still family....My Mom and Uncle Fritz were as close as siblings could be with so much space between them.
My love to the Boys and their Families. Always remember the Wisconsin part of the Friedli Clan is here...
Love to All, Your Cousin...Jeanne