Freda Paper

freda paper

Freda Paper, age 98, of Fargo, ND, died peacefully Friday, November 21, 2014 surrounded by her family.

She was born April 11, 1916 in Minneapolis, MN. Freda came from a large family. Her mother raised six girls and one boy on her own. To support her family, her mom opened a kosher restaurant in her home, where Freda learned to cook and bake. Freda and her children, Bonne and Steve, moved to Fargo in 1954, after she married Joseph Paper.

Freda will be remembered as an amazing, generous, fun-loving lady. She was always thinking of others, whether it was leaving baked goods for the garbage men, giving candy to the Schwan's man, or giving homemade treats to the children in her neighborhood.

Freda is survived by her son, Steve Paper (Rita); brother Max Rutman (Linda); sister Irene (Rutman) Golden; grandchildren Tony (Brenda),Bobbi (Aaron), Marc (Sarah), Rob (Maylene), Greg (Julie),Stephanie (Chris); 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Bonne and sisters Ruthie, Bertha, Dora, Yetta

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  1. Fargo ND
    I could not be more grateful for Freda’s open arms and loving friendship with my mother, Gladys Johnson. I know that my mom would be writing several chapters about their many “errands” (aka “shopping trips” they made together plus all the stories about Freda’s special treats that emerged from her oven – which the two of them shared with coffee in that famed yellow kitchen).

    I am on my way to read these notes to my mother. I have no doubt that they’ll be sharing goodies and stories again soon.

    They shared the kind of friendship that people are blessed to find once in a lifetime. As Freda wrote in one of her cards “Want to know a secret? We’ll always be friends”.

    Freda cherished and loved her family…a large family that she truly loved to share.
    May the Lord comfort you with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  2. Harwood ND
    I’m very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was the UPS Driver in that area and I always remembered the beautiful bright yellow colored house on the block. Mrs. Paper was always very good to me,always offering to take packages for her neighbors and giving me treats and something cold to drink on those Hot days, always very generous. I will miss her. Again my deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your mother. Take care.

  3. Fargo, North Dakota
    Mrs Joesph Paper, Freda,

    Freda, was a very alert, friendly person

    I talked to her and found she was alert

    very knowledgeable about today and the

    past. We discussed family and how the

    Jewish community had changed here in

    Fargo…We both belong to a Synagogue in

    Minneapolis, MN
    , Sharei Chesed, Rabbi

    Avraham Ettedgui….

    Rabbi Ettedgui was the visiting Rabbi at the Fargo Hebrew Congregation before
    it closed a number of years ago.

    Freda was a joy too talk to and will be missed…………
    Aaron I Geller

  4. Hewitt MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that you feel God’s peace and comfort. Love, Duane and Karen

  5. Hewitt MnWe are so sorry for your loss. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for God’s peace and comfort. Love, Duane and Karen

  6. Hewitt MnWe are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that God will give you comfort and peace. Love, Duane and Karen

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