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Helen Marie Baldridge, age 83, died at Stratford Convalescent Center in Elmhurst, Illinois, on Thursday, June 25, 2009. The cause was chronic pulmonary disease.

Born September 30, 1925, in Pennington, Connecticut, she lived in Florence, Italy, and Paris, France, before settling in Chicago. She worked at the Illinois School of Fashion as a design instructor until retiring in 1985. Helen was a member of the Fresh Air Society and a longtime volunteer at the Meadow Arboretum.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Pat Bennington, and her sister, Nancy Walsh, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Harry.

Services will be held at on 2 p.m., Sunday, June 28, at the Meadow Arboretum, 22 Oak Park Lane, Elmhurst, Illinois. Burial will be held in private. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception at the Arboretum immediately following it, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Fresh Air Society, 1940 Botts Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601.

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