Gertrude C. Shapiro, homemaker and volunteer, dies at 96

January 3
Gertrude C. Shapiro
homemaker, volunteer

Gertrude C. Shapiro, a longtime District homemaker who volunteered at her children’s schools and with her religious congregations, died Dec. 6 at the Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights senior living community in Chevy Chase. She was 96.

She had a heart attack, said her son, Joseph Shapiro.

Gertrude Corner was born in Scranton, Pa. She settled in the Washington area during World War II and worked in the 1940s and early 1950s as a legal secretary for the Navy, the Agriculture Department and law firms.

While her children were growing up, she volunteered at their District schools, including Janney Elementary, Alice Deal Junior High and Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a volunteer librarian at Alice Deal and Janney, where she helped establish the library, her son said.

Mrs. Shapiro also volunteered with the Woman’s National Democratic Club and the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as at her synagogues, Temple Sinai in Washington and the Bethesda Jewish Congregation.

Her husband of 52 years, Harold P. Shapiro, died in 2003. Survivors include two children, Joseph Shapiro of Washington and Marjorie Shapiro of Arlington; and three granddaughters.

— Emily Langer