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Of Bethesda, MD, died May 1, 2012 at Maplewood Park Place. Beloved wife of the late Paul S. Green; loving mother of Stephanie G. Lawson (Eugene) and Deborah G. Latimer (Jeff); devoted grandmother of Sarah and Alice Lawson, and Josephine and Rebecca Latimer. She is also survived by many admiring nieces, nephews, grands, and friends. Shirley L. Freundel, born in 1920 to immigrant parents in Brooklyn, NY, studied history at Brooklyn College. She moved to DC during World War II to be a government girl. For 50+ years she was the doyenne of DC freelance historian/researchers, culling public photo archives for publications and films. She wrote "Pictorial Resources in the Washington, DC Area" (Library of Congress, 1976). An active Democrat, Shirley served as a Montgomery County precinct chair. She also attracted a large circle of friends who met as a supper club to share lives and books. Interment is private. Memorial celebration: Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Maplewood Park Place, 9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Memorial contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center (; Language ETC of Washington (

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Published in The Washington Post from May 3 to May 5, 2012.
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April 27, 2019
Shirley Green was a beloved Aunt. Who was adored by her brother. Her brother was Jake Freundel my father. Just listening to the conversations between my aunt and my Dad gave myself, my brother Rick and all the Freundel cousins a thorough understanding of the times they grew up in - the Great depression and the Second World War. Those conversations still resonate today as some of the Freundel family were lost in the Holocaust. Shirley and Jake would request us to never forget. And we shall never forget her most of all. Laurie Freundel Rockwell, FL
Laurie Rockwell
May 14, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I never had the privilege of meeting your mom, but loved hearing your stories about her. It sounds like she had a wonderful, rich life. May your memories of her comfort you in this time of sorrow.
With much love,
Deirdre Thornlow
May 9, 2012
Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I only met your Mom a few times, but she was always so interesting and interested (as was your Dad). My thoughts are with you and your family.
Lauren Strong
May 4, 2012
Condolences are extended to the family of Shirley Green, sister to Jacob Freundel (Deceased), Aunt to Richard Freundel (Nephew, Deceased) and Laurie Freundel Rockwell (Niece) of North Fort Myers, Florida. Her loss is felt greatly, and she is remembered here in Florida most for educating her niece and nephew as young children, all about the value of accurate archives and records. She informed us especially in regard to WWII atrocities committed against the Jewish people. We are very thankful for her wisdom to give this knowledge to us, and thankful that her immediate family lives on and also remembers her legacy. - The Jake Freundel family
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