NORWALK, Conn. – Helen Marie Hedrick Mayer, of Norwalk, died Jan. 15 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 79.
Mayer was Aug. 9, 1933, to Julius and Lena Hedrick. Her family moved from New York to Norwalk, where she lived for most of her life. She was married to Paul "Ben" E. Mayer Jr. for more than 55 years. He predeceased her in 2007.
Her primary role was that of homemaker, her family said. She enjoyed taking care of her family, baking her signature chocolate chip cookies and cooking chili. She was an accomplished bowler and an avid fan of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team.
Mayer worked part time at various jobs throughout her life, including at Burndy, Valleries and Bierdorf. In the last decade, she fought and beat four different cancers before succumbing to a sudden illness.
She is survived by a sister, Betsy (Joe) Calzone, of Stratford; a brother, Carl “Sonny” (Dolores) Hedrick, of Norwalk; a sister-in-law, Jean Post, of Norwalk; a daughter, Melissa San Souci, of West Haven, Conn; three sons, Paul E. Mayer III, of Norwalk, James J. (Lisa) Mayer, of Monroe, Conn., and William S. Mayer, of Norwich, Conn.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mayer was predeceased by a sister, Betty Licari.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Magner Funeral Home in Norwalk. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Orange V.N.A., 605 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT, 06477.