Helen Mae Avril

Helen Mae Avril, 94, a longtime Hinsdale resident, died peacefully on Nov. 9, 2019.

She was born in 1925 in Youngstown, Ohio, the elder of two children. She grew up in Youngstown, where she met and married her husband, Lawrence Paul Avril, who was born on the same day and in the same hospital as her. Helen and Larry moved to Lombard and to Hinsdale following Larry's career as a banker.

Helen was a loving wife and mother, who supported Larry in his career and possessed many interests and talents. She loved bridge, golf and tennis and her friendships at Hinsdale Golf Club. She was very active in charitable work, especially with Infant Welfare. Helen was a devout member and supporter of the Union Church of Hinsdale. She loved music and had a passionate appreciation for chocolate ice cream. She will be remembered for her famous chocolate brownies, her cheerfulness and her welcoming and loving demeanor. It was important to her to be well-dressed, organized and frugal.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her son, Gary Avril; and her brother, Herbert Schroeder.

She is survived by her son, Paul (Wanda) Avril; her daughter-in-law, Vicki (Marshall Groves) Avril-Groves; her grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kacey) Todd Avril and Megan Elizabeth Avril, Alicia Slobhan Avril, Colin James Avril and Hannah Lynn (Colin) Cameron.

Visitation was held Nov. 10 at Sullivan Funeral Home in Hinsdale.

Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice.