MASS: April 13th 10:30 AM, Our Lady of Fatima Church, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

Barbara S. Frees


May 29, 1946-April 5, 2012

Barbara Susan Frees passed away on April 5, 2012 in Norwalk, CT after a long battle with cancer. She had lived in Wilton since 1996. She was born on May 29, 1946 in the Bronx to Louis C. II and Irene (Nord) Frees, both school teachers. She received a BA in Russian Area Studies from Fordham in 1968 and a JD in 1975. She also received a MA in Russian Area Studies from Yale in 1970.

She worked as a school teacher in the Bronx then as an attorney in White Plains, first at Andrew O’Rourke’s firm, later as an Acting Village Justice for North Tarrytown, NY, then as a public defender in White Plains Family Court for the indigent, representing clients in juvenile delinquency, custody, and support matters. In Wilton, she served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1999-2007 and the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2007 until her passing, striving to maintain the character of Wilton, a town she loved.

She was married to Donald Grunewald for 31 years, whom she met while teaching as an adjunct professor at Mercy College in 1980. She enjoyed skiing, fashion, cooking, and walking.  Travel was a particular joy, as she visited all six inhabited continents, all fifty states, and most of the countries of Europe. Besides her husband, she is survived by her two beloved children Donald Frees Grunewald and Susan C.I. Grunewald of Wilton, her brother Louis C. Frees III of Manlius, NY, as well as a niece, nephew, and grand-niece. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother John H. Frees. Her family was always her greatest love and joy in life.

Services are to be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10.30 AM on Friday, April the 13th. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to student scholarships at Iona College, Mercy College, Fordham University, or TCI College.

  1. Professor Dr Barbara is a beautiful person and very dear to us just because she is no longer with us on this earth does never mean she is not with us all in spirit. Barbara has just gone home to prepare the way for us. Her legacy of her work will live on with grateful thanks from so many people who were pleased to be touched by her compassion ,humour and good grace. I was one of those fortunate people who had the pleasure of meeting you and sharing a cup of good old Yorkshire Tea. Our thought and prayers are with Professor Donald, Mr Donald Junior and Susan God Bless and keep you always in His Presence Cornelius+

    December 10, 2012
    Bishop Dr Cornelius and Rev Dr Steivel -

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