Ada Augusta Kohlman (Freudenberg) (1884 - 1957)

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Birthplace: Hoboken, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Rutherford, NJ, USA
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About Ada Augusta Kohlman (Freudenberg)

Ada Augusta Freudenberg (1884-1957) Housewife (b. September 02, 1884, Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. January 23, 1957, 3:30 pm, 60 Krane Avenue, Rutherford, Bergen County, 07070, USA) Social Security Number 068075094.

Parents:

Ada was the second born child and first to live beyond infancy of Maximillian S. Freudenberg (1857-1921) a German immigrant and Eloise Lindauer I (1860-1935) aka Ellie Lindauer, a native of the Oyster Bay area of Long Island, New York.

Birth:

September 02, 1884 in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Siblings:

Max S. Freudenberg II (1881) who died as an infant; Charles Fredrick Freudenberg (1887-1942) who married Julia Mary Buttomer (1883-1973); Jenny Gertrude Freudenberg (1888) who died as an infant; Clara Freudenberg (1890-1959) who never married; Arthur Oscar Freudenberg I (1891-1968) a real estate broker who married Maria Elisabeth Winblad III (1895-1987) aka Mae Winblad; Max Freudenberg III (1893-aft1900) who lived till at least 7 years old and appears on the 1900 census; Louis Julius Freudenberg (1894-1918) who was killed in action in the last battle of World War I; Harry Freudenberg (1895-1896) who died as an infant; Richard F. Freudenberg I (1896-1988) a chemical salesman who married Charlotte C. Kahrar (1897-1963); Eloise Freudenberg (1898) who died as an infant; Eugene Freudenberg (1900-1956) aka Gene Freudenberg who was a freight handler that married Florence Catherine Skinner (1901-1986) and died of emphysema from smoking; Ralph Freudenberg (1903-1980) a typesetter for the New York Times who married Nora Belle Conklin (1905-1963) and after her death married Lottie Dombrowska (1916-1995); and Grace May Freudenberg (1904-1981) who married George Dewey Sanford I (1898-1965) who worked at a print shop.

Marriage:

In 1904 she married Ralph Kohlman (1885-1957) and the two of them lived with her parents until at least 1910. They may have had one child who died at birth, and no others. Ralph was working as a stereotyper in a printing house, and later he would be part owner of the Elliot Matta Printing Company in New York City.

Lyndhurst, New Jersey:

Ada was living at 277 Travers Avenue, in Lyndhurst, New Jersey in 1935 when her mother died, and she rented a summer house at Matavan Beach, near Keansburg in New Jersey. Later she moved to 60 Krane Avenue in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Personal Wealth:

Ada and Ralph were wealthy and the oral family tradition was that Ada would hide money all over the house, and when she died her husband found $90,000 in cash hidden under rugs and in cups in the locked cupboards. This explains why she would never let anyone in the house, even to use the bathroom.

Death:

She died January 23, 1957 and her husband died June 05, 1957, just 4 months later. Ralph left half of his accumulated wealth to his mistress, Dorothy Rommel and the rest to his best friend, Benjamin Cohen, who owned a hardware store in Jersey City. Arthur Freudenberg, Ada's brother, lamented at the funeral that if they had died the other way around, Ralph would have left his money to Ada and then when she died, the Freudenbergs would have inherited the money.

Burial:

Ada and Ralph are both in a mausoleum at lot 448, section 21, East Ridge Lawn Cemetery, 255 Main Avenue, Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey.

Memories about Ada Freudenberg:

Arthur Oscar Freudenberg II (1929- ) on May 03, 2003 said: "Aunt Ada had a house down the shore, that she rented, near Laurence Harbor. She lived on 60 Krane Avenue in Rutherford, New Jersey. When her husband Ralph Kohlman died, my brother, got $3,000 from his will. Ralph's girlfriend owned a hardware store, Ben Cohen Hardware in Jersey City and he left her $75,000 in his will. He always had a mistress when he was married. He would never let anyone in the house. The house was probably worth about $500,000 when he died. He had a printing business. He got me a job as a messenger carrying the heavy printing plates around from business to business. He had a pool table in the house."

Memories about Ada Freudenberg:

Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920- ) said in 1998: Ralph Kohlman (1885-1957) was Jewish. At Ralph Kohlman's funeral Arthur Oscar Freudenberg said "its a shame Ada died first". The meaning was that if Ralph died first Ada would have inherited the money, then when she died a few months later, the Freudenbergs would have inherited it. Ralph Kohlman dated a younger woman after Ada died. Ralph probably wore himself out dating the new woman. He had just bought a new Buick before he died. He left an estate worth $250,000. Ralph left half to a best friend and half to the woman that he had just started dating. Sally would clean Ralph's house. Ada would love to shop, then never even open the packages from the store. Ralph was a printer and was half owner of the print shop. They had no living children. Eloise Reilly's father, Joe Reilly worked for Ralph Kohlman as his supervisor.

Memories about Ada Freudenberg:

Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921- ) sain in 1998: Ralph Kohlman was Jewish and his family ostracized him when he married Ada who was Lutheran. My mother, Marie Elizabeth Freudenberg (1895-1987) was asked to work as a cleaning woman for them when Ada died in 1957. She turned down the job because the pay was low, but I accepted it. Ada and Ralph would invite my mother, Helen and myself down to her beachhouse in Matavan beach, New Jersey. I think they rented it and did not own it. The other beach we would go to was Point Pleasant where Otto Winblad had a house. I met my friend Kitty there. Ada would hide money all over the house, and when she died her husband found $90,000 in cash hidden under rugs and in cups in the locked cupboards.

Legacy:

Ada's husband Ralph owned a quality camera and many pictures of them are extant. Ada Augusta Freudenberg (1884-1957) middle name comes from: Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931) who was married to Charles Frederick Lindauer (1836-1921). Ada Freudenberg also has a cousin: Adeline Lindauer (1882-1962) aka Ada Lindauer.

Relationship:

Ada Augusta Freudenberg (1884-1957) was the grandaunt of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). She was the godmother of Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998). She was married to the granduncle of Lynn Kohlman (1946- ), the fashion photographer.

Source:

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave and uploaded here on October 15, 2009.

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Ada Kohlman's Timeline

1884
September 2, 1884
Hoboken, NJ, USA
1904
1904
Age 19
1957
January 23, 1957
Age 72
Rutherford, NJ, USA