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Helen Annette Eberle

March 6, 1935November 13, 2020

Helen Annette Eberle, a folk artist, retired teacher and long-time resident of Washington Township, NJ, died peacefully at home on Friday November 13th, 2020 at the age of 85. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Daniel F. Eberle, daughter Jennifer R. LaPorta, son Geoffrey D. Eberle, and two granddaughters Olivia R. Eberle and Hanna K. Eberle. Helen was born in Weehawken, NJ to parents Samuel and Rose Avakian. She is also predeceased by sister Marion Slater and brother Leon S. Avakian. Helen is remembered by family and friends for her good heart, her lifelong involvement in the local community and her natural gifts as an artist and teacher. She was a member of West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ. She was more recently a member of the Contemporary Women’s Club and Golden Senior’s Club of Washington Township. Graveside services will be conducted on Monday November 23rd at 1 pm at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. Donations in memory of Helen can be made to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hillsdale, NJ.


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Adrienne Talanian

November 24, 2020

I was so very saddened to hear about Helen’s passing. I will always remember her jovial laugh, her artistic and creative abilities, and the wonderful trips she always organized for us. We were in the Haworth Womans Club together and she was very appropriately the Queen of the Red Hat group, the Scarlet Bonnets. Helen loved and cared for her family and friends. My prayers are with Dan, Geof and Jennifer. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace 🙏

Sam&Connie Haddad

November 23, 2020

Connie and I have many fond memories of happy times we shared with Helen and Dan and family. There were many family social events at the church. In addition to Trinity church events we, along with the Haase's, exchanged home visits and dinner out dates. Very memorable: our weekend visit to their Walton, NY home. There was a musical event during the weekend, but most memorable was just sitting on the porch, conversing and enjoying the view.

We send our sympathy to the Eberle family. We are so fortunate to have so many happy memories.

Grace & Joe Buono

November 23, 2020

Dan, we send our sincere sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Helen. We hope happy memories bring you comfort in the future.

frances panczyk

November 20, 2020

The first time I met Helen was at the deli counter of "Big M" supermarket in Walton, NY. She stood next to me and asked, "Your are not from around here are you?" I responded that although we had a home in Walton, I lived in Tappan, NY. We began to chat and quickly became friends. Her main residence was in NJ, but only a short ride from Tappan. I was drawn by Helen's charm and energy. Helen was a queen, a RED HAT Queen. She brought together a large group of woman together with our red hats and we enjoyed many trips and fun adventures.
Helen will be remembered...

Kathy Nakashian

November 20, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We met many years ago when Helen joined the Woman's Club of Haworth. I will miss our conversations, her humor and tidbits about Armenia. She always teased me since I am not Armenian but learned to be a good cook from my Armenian mother-in-law.

She was a very special lady,

Kathy Nakashian

Matthew Ishkanian

November 19, 2020

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Helen. She was a very close friend of my late parents, Alex and Alice Ishkanian. Our sincere condolences to you.

Jennifer LaPorta

November 19, 2020

Jennifer's Obituary part 2:

Helen and Dan enjoyed visiting their daughter Jennifer in California annually. Jennifer showed them all around California, from Yosemite to the coast. Helen and Dan also took an active part in their granddaughters' lives. This included everything from Broadway shows and annual horse camp in upstate NY while staying at their vacation home in Walton NY. They spent quality time together. Helen is survived by her husband Daniel, daughter Jennifer in California, son Geoffrey in NJ, and granddaughters Olivia and Hanna in NJ, now in their 20s. She was one of a kind and she will be missed.

Jennifer LaPorta

November 19, 2020

Jennifer's Obituary Part 1:
Helen was born to Rose and Samuel Avakian, who migrated to the US right before the Armenian Genocide, from ancient Armenia, aka eastern Turkey. She was the third of three children raised in Bergenfield and Bogota NJ. Her older siblings Marion and Leon have also transitioned. Helen went to Bowling Green University KY and was proud to be in a sorority, the Delta Zetas. She met her husband Daniel Eberle at a dance and they married in 1959. They bought a brand new house in Washington Twp in 1960 and that's where she took her last breath.

She was raised and married in the Armenian Presbyterian Church of West New York (now lcoated in Paramus), where her father was a founding member. She attended Westside Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood in her later years.

Helen and Dan had 2 children, Jennifer and Geoffrey. (Helen liked the idea of using English names for her kids) She threw thematic birthday parties for her children. We never wanted for cake. She was a substitute teacher along with being a full-time mother. Helen and Dan loved going on vacation; many of them were sponsored by Dan's employer Abbott Labs, as a bonus for his outstanding work. Helen discovered folk art and became a folk art painter. She taught classes in their home. Many of her students were from Japan and other countries, so it was an international folk art class. She has amassed a body of folk art work, of which her home is full. She was quite a talented painter, like her father.

She loved being around family and friends. She loved parties, Broadway, gifts (both giving and receiving), interior design, nice clothes, and meeting new people. In her later years, she was a member of the Washington Twp Women's Club and the Haworth Women's Club. She was also a “queen bee” of sorts in the Red Hat Society. She loved her luncheons with these ladies. She loved to cook Armenian delicacies such as dolma, baklava and boreg.

Olivia Eberle

November 19, 2020

My grandmother was a wonderful figure to grow up beside. She was never stingy on sharing and expressing her love for my sister Hanna and I, her children, friends, husband, and other family members. My grandparents made it a point to give me and my sister a whole slew of experiences, as detailed by my Aunt Jennifer in Helen's obituary below.

My grandma was a very sentimental lady, she always talked about memories from my and my sister's youth and her children's younger days. At her 80th birthday party, my grandma Helen was gifted a plaque by her nephew Tom. This plaque was a commemoration of new trees that were planted in her honor in her family's homeland of Armenia. She was absolutely thrilled. I attached a picture of her from that party trying on a cool new pair of shades.

She also loved people! She loved telling stories, introducing us to friends, bringing us to church, introducing and enjoying music. She marched in many July 4th and Memorial Day Parades in her town and supported her husband's voluntarism with the town's ambulance corp. She spent so much time in women's groups and talking with friends.

In their later years, my grandparents would travel to Florida for a week or two in the winter to take in some sunshine. When they returned, my grandma would tell me about all the friends they made and how she loved relaxing in the sun and by the water. I remember being worried that I'd lose her to the Florida way of life and that her and my grandfather would move there, and I'm glad they didn't! Those are some of the last vacations her and my grandfather took together and I know how fondly she remembered them.

My grandma was a loving, caring, thoughtful woman and I'm glad to have had her in my life for almost 25 years. I will miss her dearly.

Janet and Matt Connell

November 19, 2020

We have very fond memories of Helen. Her spontaneity, her fun loving spirit and her active participation in her church and community. We have been blessed with our long friendship with Helen and Dan. She will be missed.


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