Frieda Piepsch Sondland

Frieda Piepsch Sondland with her sewing kit.

Photo courtesy of Joan Roth.

Reunited with Her Husband

“I think it was the happiest day of my life when we finally got together after eight years of separation forced by the war. I kept thinking how lucky we were that we still liked each other. But he still found me interesting and attractive and he was the only person that I really loved. I lived with his pictures for almost nine years, you know? And now we have been married sixty-three years.”

The Blessings of Marriage

“We are both willing to work, make things go. We love each other and we are best of friends. He has a different perspective on things. We don’t argue, we don’t fight. Where the children are concerned I was very lucky to have another child. I have a Latin daughter and a Yankee son. So you know, I felt very lucky. And you don’t throw things away.”

The Blessings of Work

“All through their hardship and exile, my parents had working ethics and their determination. I always saw them working and being happy. I never looked upon work as something horrible or undesirable. All my life I felt I was lucky to have a healthy body and a job. When I worked here in West Seattle, we had a shop and the people would come in in the morning, and ‘Oh, I’m so tired Mrs. Sondland, I would like to sleep a little bit more.’ I used to admonish them. I’d say, ‘Be happy you have a healthy body and a job to go to.’ I think work is something that helps you over bad times, over good times, when you do something well and you are recognized. You feel a certain pride.”

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Sounds like a remarkable lady who certainly embodied the saving power of both hard work and a grateful attitude. Wish I could have known her.


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