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 Helen Eloise <I>Freudenberg</I> Brindley

Helen Eloise Freudenberg Brindley

Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Death 24 Apr 1989 (aged 60)
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Grave 4-I North, Lot 428
Memorial ID 7690081 · View Source
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Helen Eloise Freudenberg (1928-1989) Borland Brindley, was a keypunch operator. (b. September 27, 1928; 158 Oakland Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. April 24, 1989, 10:00 pm; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA) Social Security Number 157207855.

Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968) and Marie Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987).

September 27, 1928 and 158 Oakland Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey

She was baptized as a Lutheran on October 28, 1928 at Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Her siblings include: Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998); and Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921-2009).

Father abandoned family:
Arthur abandoned the family after Helen's birth. The oral family tradition was that Arthur left Maria for a burlesque stripper. At one point Arthur was living with Edlycoe Klynman but this was in the 1960s. In 1930 the family was living at 9 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey and Otto Winblad, Maria's brother was living with them.

Edward Ganley:
In 1947 Helen got pregnant from the grocer's son, Edward Ganley II from Bower Street. She was 19 years old.

John Earl Borland:
When she was ready to have the child, a sailor she was dating, John Earl Borland I (1924-1986), took her home to Bowerston in Carroll County, Ohio to have the baby and he married her. The child was Michael Joseph Borland (born 1947) and Helen gave her sister's name, Selma, to put on the birth certificate.

Marriage and children:
Two children followed: John Earl Borland II and Steven Thomas Borland I (1950-2009).

Jersey City, New Jersey:
The family lived at 112 Grace Street in Jersey City, New Jersey from about 1960 to at least 1968.

Al Brindely:
Helen and John divorced. Helen married Al Brindley, a sea captain on November 30, 1980 in the chapel of the Lutheran Home in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey. It was held there so Helen's mother could attend, she was living at the home. John Borland married Geraldine Marie Winblad (1928-2011) in 1979. Geraldine was the daughter of Helen's mother's brother, Otto Winblad.

Helen died on April 24, 1989 of cancer and she was cremated.

Funeral notice:
"Brindley - Borland, Helen E. (nee Freudenberg) of Jersey City, on April 24, 1989. Beloved wife of Albert. Devoted mother of Michael, John and Steven. Dear daughter of the late Marie (Winblad) Freudenberg. Sister of Naida Van Deusen and Sally Norton Also survived by 2 grandchildren, Steven and Kevin. Relatives and friends may visit at the Mack Memorial Home, 288 Central Avenue, Jersey City on Wednesday and Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM Funeral Service, Friday, April 28, 1989 at 1 PM The Rev. Robert E. Wiltenburg officiating. Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the Lutheran Home, 93 Nelson Avenue, Jersey City, would be appreciated by the family." Note: Her mother was cared for at the Lutheran Home.

Her remains were cremated.

Burial of ashes:
Her ashes are buried with her mother at Grave 4-I North, Lot 428, New York Bay, Bay View Cemetery, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Memories about Helen Freudenberg:
Selma Freudenberg (1921-2009) said on July 20, 2003: "Helen worked as a keypunch operator, first for the Army in Hoboken. I got her that job, because she was my sister. After that she worked at other keypunching jobs. A key puncher would operate a machine to code data onto computer cards. Later she worked for Hilton Hotels in Manhattan doing keypunch. She hated taking the tube home at night back to Jersey City at 1 am and eventually they let her sleep over in the hotel. Her African-American friend, Audrey who used to work for Helen when she was a manager in New Jersey got her the job at the Hilton."

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 23, 2003. Updated on October 7, 2009 with the name "Edward Ganley" from research by Kevin Borland (1975- ). Updated with 112 Grace Street on March 2, 2011. Updated with funeral notice on March 14, 2013.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 15 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7690081
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Eloise Freudenberg Brindley (27 Sep 1928–24 Apr 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7690081, citing Bayview-New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .