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Helen Fried
Helen Fried
Birth: 6 December 1911
Brooklyn, New York City, New York State, USA
Death: 18 April 2020
Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Age: 108 years, 134 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Helen Fried (née Posner; 6 December 1911 – 18 April 2020) was an American centenarian who was one of the oldest victims of the oldest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Early Life

Helen Fried was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA on 6 December 1911. Her parents were Samuel and Mina (née Solovey) Posner. As a child she was commended for her strong health and perfect school attendance, earning awards for each from the principal of Girls' High school where she graduated in 1927. She went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in History from Hunter College in just three years.

At the height of the Great Depression, Fried became a teacher in New York City after passing the qualification exam on the first try. She married Joseph Fried on 12 August 1936, and they had one son, Paul (born 1939). After settling on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the couple decided to work alongside Joseph's father in running the family's retail jewellery store.

Later Life and Death

In 1974, Fried and her husband retired to Aventura, Florida, where they enjoyed travelling and playing bridge. After her husband's death in 1990, Fried continued living independently in Florida until her apartment was ravaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Then aged 95, she decided to move to Monroe Township, New Jersey to be closer to her son and extended family.

She lived at The Gardens at Monroe in Monroe with other centenarian Rose Bromberg (born 1913) who survived the COVID-19.

Fried died of COVID-19 on 18 April 2020 at the age of 108 years, 134 days, making her one of the oldest victims of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of her death, she had two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.