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Beatrice Ruth Conrad

Beatrice Ruth Conrad (Freedman), 88, of Wakefield, RI, died Jan. 27, 2016. Born in Philadelphia, she also had resided in Berkeley Heights. 

Mrs. Conrad was an English teacher at Summit High School and later a school social worker. She was also a short story author and poet who was published in publications such as American Scene: New Voices, “The Night of the Falling Star,” and The Lyric. Her work was also recognized in The Quotable Woman, a widely published compendium of distinguished authors and poets. 

She was a graduate of Hunter College and earned master’s degrees in English literature and school social work. 

She was a longtime congregant at Temple Sinai, Summit. 

She was also an accomplished soprano vocalist, having performed lead roles in numerous small theater productions, including Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Funny Girl, and The Most Happy Fella. She also led the Poetry Group at Brightview Commons in Wakefield. 

Predeceased by her husband of over 55 years, Herbert, she is survived by her son, Allan of Manalapan; her daughter, Susan Woodford Nelson of Peacedale, RI; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services were held Jan. 28 with arrangements by Shalom Memorial Chapel, Cranston, RI. Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004.

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