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Shirley R. Schriftman, 84, Interest in Languages, Politics, Animals

October 22, 2009
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Shirley R. Schriftman, 84, a longtime Democratic committeewoman in Upper Dublin, died Oct. 10 at her home in Maple Glen.

The former Shirley Goldman, who was born in Springfield, Mass., and grew up in Brookline, Mass., had many achievements. During World War II, she was a Spanish translator for the State Department. She served as a USO hostess and visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

She married Herbert Schriftman of Brooklyn, N.Y.

During her working career, Schriftman was assistant to the Dean of College Affairs at Temple University, a foreign-language aide at the North Campus of Abington High School and a documentation specialist for Univac Corporation.

Her interest in languages led her to teach adult-education courses at Upper Dublin High School and English as a Second Language to immigrants to the United States. She was also active in International Training in Communications at Univac.

Schriftman was politically active as well, serving as a Democratic Committeewoman in Upper Dublin for many years. In 1975, she ran for District Justice and nearly got elected.

She became active in Parents Without Partners and organized the Bucks-Mont Chapter. She was active in her synagogue, and chaired efforts to get the release of Jews from the Soviet Union and helped them settle in the Philadelphia area.

Schriftman loved dancing, singing, flowers, children, her family and her animals.

After Hurricane Katrina, she adopted an abandoned dog and blind cat.

She is survived by sons Roy Schriftman, Ross Schriftman, Lee Schriftman and Barry Schriftman; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Shirley Schriftman Fund for Animals, c/o the Montgomery County Foundation, 2 W. Lafayette St., Suite 120, Norristown, PA 19401.

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