Shirley Fruehwirth

Shirley M. Fruehwirth (Martin)

Wednesday, September 11th, 1918 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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Shirley M. (Martin) Fruehwirth
September 11, 1918 - July 22, 2019
Shirley M. Fruehwirth, 100, of Syracuse passed away on Monday. Raised in Fulton, NY, Shirley resided in North Troy, Ballston Spa, and Lake Luzerne. Shirley graduated college from Oswego Normal School where she met the love of her life, the late Joseph Fruehwirth. They were married for 63 years and had two children, John and Lynn. Shirley taught for thirty years in NY schools and influenced the lives of generations of students who still remember her fondly. An enthusiastic bridge player, she was always on the move, finding new friends and new activities, and brought a cheerful and determined spirit to everything she did. In retirement, Shirley enjoyed travel and tennis, winters in Florida and a love of painting, and spending time with her husband and family. She remained active into her 90s and lived independently until age 99. In her later years, she loved mystery novels, knitting afghans, and spending time with family. A gregarious storyteller, Shirley lit up the faces of her family and friends with a wink and a smile, or a confidential nod. Always an avid correspondent, she maintained her large circle of friends with letters until her last year. She will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother and teacher.
Survivors include her children, John Fruehwirth and Lynn (Douglas) Greenwood and her grandson, Ryan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 25th, at 9:30 a.m. at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church, 259 East Onondaga St., Syracuse. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 9:30am
    The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception
    259 E. Onondaga Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13202
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery, Fulton
    463 South 7th Street
    FULTON, NY 13069
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Ann Iannotta

Posted at 01:59pm
I had the pleasure of knowing Shirley at The Nottingham. We shared many lunches together in the Cuppa Cafe, and she came to my stretching and Zumba classes. I missed her dearly when she moved out, and I'm so thrilled to see she made it to 100. My condolences to the family. You've lost a special woman!

Mary Gualtieri Posted at 05:52am

Shirley was an amazing person! She will always be remembered at The Nottingham Retirement Community for her quick wit, her sense of humor, for her determination and for her kindness. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to know Shirley. She will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathies to John, Lynn and to the entire family.

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