Deceased Information


    Shirley Freedman

  • AGE



    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (Before Sunset)


    Wednesday, January 31, 2018


    2:00 PM




    The family will sit shiva at the home of Ellen and Terry Freedman on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with a minyan at 7:00 pm

    325 Burnt Oak Court, Sandy Springs, GA 30328



    Shirley Ruth Freedman, 94, of Atlanta, passed away on January 30, 2018 from natural causes. Shirley was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 15, 1923. She pursued a career as a dancer until she met and married Milton Charyn, an Air Force mechanic during the Second World War. Milton tragically died from cancer soon thereafter and Shirley went on to raise their two children, Terry and Bonnie Charyn, with the help of her mother, Fannie Dreyer, in the Midwood area of Brooklyn during the 1950s. Shirley met Bernard Freedman during that time and married him in 1957. They moved to Atlanta where they had a daughter, Pam, now Pam Taylor of Charleston, South Carolina. The marriage was a happy one, cut short when Bernard passed away of Hodgkin’s disease in 1962. Shirley worked for many years in gift and furniture showrooms in the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. She enjoyed mahjong and canasta and was also actively involved in ORT. Shirley is survived by her children, Terry Freedman and his wife Ellen, Bonnie Chapman Baker and her husband Terry, and Pam Taylor and her husband Pat; grandchildren Matthew, Lee, Remy, Shay, Brittany and Nicholas; and other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs. The family of Shirley Freedman wishes to thank the staff at Budd Terrace at Wesley Woods and Crossroads Hospice for their care and support in her final days and Betty Golden for being a special friend during her last years. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg of Congregation B’nai Torah will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, (770) 451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Anne Rubin

    Terry and Ellen, I wanted to let you know I heard about your Mother from Nora. My thoughts are with you.

    February 02, 2018 , 12:49 AM

  • Bobby Ailion

    Dear Terry, Bonnie and Pam, On behalf of our entire family, Donna and I would like to offer our heartfelt sympathies. Your mother was a great friend to our family and we want you to know how indebted we are for her friendship. She was a wonderful person who was greatly respected by, not only my family, but all whom she met as part of the greater Atlanta Merchandise Mart family. Shirley was a loved and a valuable member of an important era in the Atlanta gift business. We owe her so much. We offer all our love and respect. Thank you, Sincerely, Bob , Donna, Robert , Nita and Jack Ailion

    February 01, 2018 , 03:39 AM

  • Betty Golden

    It only takes a moment to make a life long friendship. I’m so glad we had ours.

    January 31, 2018 , 09:03 AM

  • Jean Giannasi

    Terry and Ellen- Our deepest sympathy to you and to the rest of your family on the passing of Shirley. David and I are grateful that we had a chance to know her and to enjoy visiting with her. Peace, Jean and David Giannasi

    January 31, 2018 , 01:09 AM

  • Dennis Blumenfeld

    I am very sorry to learn of Shirley\'s passage. She was full of kindness and good humor, and I always enjoyed being in her presence. I hope she is in a comfortable happy place.

    January 30, 2018 , 06:09 PM