Freda, also known as "Rika" or "Dunda",
attended school in the Hazelton area after her
family settled there in May, 1907.
Freda married Peter Stoller in 1919,
six years after he moved to the US from Roeba,
Russia. they had 7 children while they lived
on the old Gimbel farm.
In 1936, they moved into Hazelton,
where Peter worked for the railroad, farmed, started
a dray line and engaged in commercial trucking.
Freda was busy raising her children and all the
chores that required.
Freda's sister, Christine, had
married Peter's brother, John Stoller, so the four
of them planned enjoyed many activities together.
Family activities frequently revolved around meals,
to which Freda contributed her wonderful kuchen and
other German dishes.
Freda and peter sold their home in
1959 and moved into Bismarck. Peter enjoyed
his retirement, while Freda worked cleaning trailers
for Iseman Mobile Homes. She also enjoyed
gardening, sewing and receiving guests, who were
always treated to "lunch" - this usually consisted
of a bit of everything in the fridge! If you
were lucky, you did have some home-made sausage and
Peter always offered a glass of Mogen David.
Guests were always welcome to stay in their basement
apartment on Ave. E.
Pete and Freda made many trips to
Hazelton to keep in touch with loved ones. A
few spare cans of motor oil could usually be found
in their old Chevy because of its' tendency to burn
oil. Despite some engine problems, the car
interior was in great condition when it was sold in
1990. Although they were
predeceased by two children, Rosalie who died in
infancy in 1930, and Hilbert (Herb) who died in
1972, Pete and Freda left fine children, 19
grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10
great-great grandchildren to continue their legacy.
Rose Marie Stoller