Frieda Margarete Konitzer passed away Aug. 9, 2018, with her children and grandchildren by her side.
Frieda was born in Wolfshagen, Kreis. Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany, on Sept. 13, 1930. She and her family lived in East Prussia until the Russian army advanced into the eastern territories, creating a mass exodus
of German civilians. They joined other refugees from January to March 1945, walking by foot, by horse and cart, and later by packed railroad boxcars toward western Germany.
In Haltern, West Germany, she met and married Dieter A. Konitzer, who coincidentally had been on that same train out of East Prussia. In 1952, sponsored by St. John's Lutheran Church, Homestead, Iowa, Dieter, Frieda and 16-month-old daughter, Rosemarie, immigrated to the United States. As part of a refugee resettlement program, they traveled on the U.S. Navy ship General Harry Taylor, taking 11 days to cross the Atlantic. By train they then traveled to Chicago and Iowa City where their church host family, the Erwin Maas' family, met them to start their new lives in America.
In addition to being a homemaker, Frieda worked as a cook and baker at Bill Zuber's restaurant and later as a weaver at the Amana Woolen Mill. Frieda was an extraordinary German cook. Family and friends remember meals as a feast when visiting her home. Frieda also had a passion for working in her garden and flowerbeds.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Dieter; two grandchildren in infancy, Aaron Carroll and Michael Carlson; and son-in-law, John Carlson.
Surviving are her children, Rosemarie Carroll, Middle Amana, Renate Carlson, Middle Amana, and Dieter A. Konitzer Jr., Walcott; her grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Ignoffo, South Elgin, Ill., Joshua Carroll, San Francisco, Calif., Tony (Sarah) Carlson, Portland, Ore., and Andrea (Matt) Stinley, Minneapolis, Minn.; and great-grandchildren, Alan and Anya Ignoffo and Theodore and Linnea Stinley.
A family graveside service will be held at the Middle Amana Cemetery.