Published: July 10 The Washington Post
Bella Freedman, 85, who co-owned Diplomat Liquors in Washington with her husband
from 1957 to 1970, died June 15 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was a Silver
She had congestive heart failure, said her son, Steven Freedman.
Bella Levine was born in Portland, Maine. She moved to the Washington area in 1937
and was a 1944 graduate of Western High School, where she was concertmaster of
the school orchestra. She also performed with the D.C. Youth Symphony and was a self-
During World War II, she worked as a typist at the Labor Department’ Bureau of Labor
Mrs. Freedman was a member of B’nai B’rith International, and in 1982 was named
woman of the year of a Bethesda chapter. She was also a member of Kesher Israel and
Ohev Sholom synagogues, both in Washington, and Indian Spring Country Club in Silver
Her husband of 61 years, Stanley Freedman, died in 2007. A daughter, Francine
Freedman, died in 1984.
Survivors include a son, Steven Freedman of Gaithersburg.
— T. Rees Shapiro