In Memorial

Helene Mabel Rivlin

Date of Death: January 12th, 2021
28 Tevet 5781


Helene Mabel Rivlin of Skokie, Illinois and Palm Beach, Florida died in Florida peacefully at the age of 91 on January 12th, 2021. Helene was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Anna Mabel, her husband Gerald Rivlin, beloved son, Daniel, and her sisters Molly Bratter and Dorthy Prober. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and is survived by her children Deborah (Thom), Sandy (Rick), Jeff (Lee), and Annette (Bruce), her grandchildren Jenna (Mike), Aly (Sean), Sophie (Dawson), Will, Matthew, Anabelle and Jory, and her great grand children Olivia Willits and Ella Coleman. She is also survived by her sister Josie Grant (Dick Grant) and her devoted caregiver Jocelyn White. She graduated from the University of Illinois and continued her work in Early Education. Helene’s selfless and generous spirit touched friends and family across the globe, and she will be missed dearly. She fiercely believed in democracy and equality and died with a political passion for a better world. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to No Kid Hungry,, Theatre Forward, and First Candle SIDS Support and Research, Private service on Friday. For a link to view service and to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Friday, January 15th at 10:30 am
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access - Westlawn Cemetery

May Her Memory Be For A Blessing

You are invited to view the recording of the funeral that took place on Friday, January 15, 2021 by clicking on the link below.

Westlawn Cemetery
Chicago, Illinois

Shiva Information

Virtual Shiva

You are invited to the Virtual Memorial Gathering noted below.
When: Sunday, January 17, 2021 04:00-5:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Gathering Name: Helene Mabel Rivlin
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Gathering ID: 944 5224 9672
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January 20th, 2021

Dear Family,

You were BLESSED.
I only knew Helene a few years and saw her many afternoons at the condo pool. I enjoyed our chats, seeing the love and life in her eyes and her smile. She would light up when our granddaughters were playing together. She missed her family so much but always enjoyed the children playing.
Helene always made me smile and filled my heart with love whenever I saw her. I could feel how much she loved people! She had the most amazing outlook on everything! I will keep her memory in my heart and miss her sweetness.
My prayers to all, Dianne Cirone

~Dianne Cirone
~Neighbor, Palm Beach, FL

January 18th, 2021

I was so sorry to learn of Helene’s passing. My condolences to the family. Helene and I met at the University of Illinois and have been friends
since. Our most recent emails and phone calls have turned to politics. I sent her an email on January 7. She was a good friend and I will miss her very much.

Bailee Mendelson

~Bailee Mendelson
~Friend, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

January 18th, 2021

My family's connections to the Rivlin goes back at least a half century. My parents were very good friends with Helene and Gerry, and of course I knew them and my sister's best friend Debbie growing up in Wilmette. My fondest memory of Helene was in 2004 at my mother's 80th birthday. At the very end of her life, my mother was living in an Alzheimer's facility and barely even recognized her own children. Yet on her birthday the lone non-family member to enjoy some cake with my mother was her great friend and a wonderful human being, Helene Rivlin. Condolences to the Rivlin family and friends.

~Gene Teibloom
~family friend, LaJolla, CA

January 15th, 2021

So MANY memories, some first hand, some part of the lore. Edith and Helene were pregnant together, walked together pushing Annette and I in strollers, certainly don't remember that but love that connection. Teibloom Rivlin connection is multi-generational, wide and deep. Gerald B and Sev and Maury, Helene and Geraldine. Linda and Deborah and Sandy. Annette and I. My son Matthew and Daniel Eisenberg. I have so many warm childhood memories that occurred on Valley View and then the 2nd house in Wilmette with the balcony:) As I got older and lost my mother, I came to cherish her friends in another very special way and Helene and I had a new relationship, she came to dinner in my Sukkah with 'the ladies' and I loved to see her when Annette was in town. Your entire family means to much to me. Deborah, Sandy, Jeffrey, and Annette, the loss of your mother is a profound loss and I offer you my deepest condolences. Also to your partners and children who i know were the lights of her life. And to Jocelyn. The circumstances of Covid make it so much more heartbreaking. May her memory bless you all the days of your lives and inspire us all to acts of kindness and love. Judy T-M

~Judy Teibloom-Mishkin
~family friend, Evanston

January 15th, 2021

Dear Annette and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Helene's passing. My favorite memory of her is watching her dance and have a wonderful time on the dance floor at Anabel's Bat Mitzvah. That was so much fun to see.
Our love to you all during this time,
Michelle, Alex, Lynnea and Tristan
Friends of Annette and Bruce
Seattle, WA

~Michelle Breaux
~friend of Annette and Bruce, WA

January 15th, 2021

My condolences on the passing of Helene. She was a very dear person and cared greatly for her family and friends.

~Patti Schreibman Davis
~Cousin, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

January 15th, 2021

Remember Helene’s warm laugh, her ready wit and her intelligence and knowledge that was readily shared. Will miss her.
Ken and Donna Gutman

~Ken and Donna Gutman
~Family, Rio Vista, Ca.

January 15th, 2021

Though we did not know Helene well, the love of her family and life was apparent in knowing her children. You were all blessed to have her as a mother. Much love, Harry and Marjorie

~Marjorie and Harry Millyard
~friend of Sandy and Rick, Dover, MA

January 14th, 2021

My deepest condolences on the passing of Helene. She was one of the loveliest, most generous people. She cared about her friends and relatives, especially her family. May her memory and goodness sustain you during this difficult time.

~JeanetteJashunsky Mehr
~Cousin, Libertyville, Illinois 60048

January 13th, 2021

Condolences to all of you on Helene's passing. I remember, from many moons ago, she always had a smile and a good word. Don't only mourn the death, but celebrate the life.

Ed Ripp

~Edward Ripp
~, Albuquerque, NM


Yahrzeit Dates For Helene Mabel Rivlin

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
28th of Tevet 57821/1/2022
28th of Tevet 57831/21/2023
28th of Tevet 57841/9/2024
28th of Tevet 57851/28/2025
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