Kaufman, Frieda Marie, Sister (1883-1944)
Sister Frieda Marie Kaufman was born 23 October 1883 at Haagen in Wiesental, Baden, Germany, the daughter of Johannes and Marie Egle Kaufmann, citizens of Switzerland. In July 1892 the parents and three daughters, Anna, Elizabeth, and Frieda, came to Halstead, Kansas. From early childhood until she entered the public school of her native village, she had attended kindergarten conducted by Lutheran deaconesses. For a year the family lived in a Catholic community, and the seven-year-old girl spent much of her time in the home of a group of nuns who lived just across the street from the Kaufmanns. They were very kind to the little neighbor and gave her many coveted privileges of helping with the tiny tots in the kindergarten section of the parochial school. Under these influences she decided to become a sister, a desire she never lost.
She was educated in the Bethel College Academy 1900-1902; the Deaconess Hospital Training School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1902-1904; graduate nurse 8 August 1904; ordained deaconess 11 June 1908; registered nurse 16 July 1913; Doctor of Humane Letters, Bethel College, 1942.
Sister Frieda served as deaconess nurse in private homes, 1904-1908; sister in charge of Bethel Deaconess Home and Hospital, Newton, Kansas, 1908-1938; Deaconess Mother, Bethel Deaconess Home and Hospital, Newton, 1908-1943. She shared in the organization and building of Bethel Hospital, Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and Bethel Home for the Aged, Newton. She was editor of In the Service of the King 1941-1944. In 1934 Sister Frieda made a trip to Europe, which she recorded in her book Auf Wanderwegen (Newton, 1935). She was a member of the First Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite) of Newton. She died on 7 August 1944 at Newton and is buried there.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 158. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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