Frieda (Kister) Scheuerman
September 21, 2023
Our mom's prayer was answered on September 14, 2023 when she passed from this life and her spirit was present with her Lord Jesus Christ. Frieda Kister Scheuerman, age 100, was born December 7, 1922, in Rothflies, East Prussia (which is now Germany) to Anna and Ben Kister. She was born after her parents and older brother escaped from Russia while waiting for a sponsor to enable them to come to America. In November 1925, when mom was almost three, she sailed to the United States, coming through Ellis Island, and then by train to Worland, where their sponsors lived.
She started her life not too far from the farm where she would eventually live the longest portion of her life. She learned to hoe beans and beets at a young age, as well as cook and care for animals. She spoke only German when entering school. Through teachers and friends, she learned the English language. Mom never lost the roots of hard work and developed a servant's heart for others, be it her family or friends or even strangers.
She was active all her life in the Zion Lutheran Church, being in choir, the Women's Guild, teaching Sunday School, serving meals for funerals and working in the kitchen for Vacation Bible School. Mom had a knack for cooking which she learned from her mother. She loved to have people in her home. When on the farm, the kitchen was a revolving door, as was her home on Circle Road. There was always a beverage and some baked goods to share. If she was canning or freezing, the visitor would join in with peeling apples or cutting corn off the cob. She served meals on Sundays to pastors, widows or visitors to church. During the holidays, mom was happiest surrounded by her large family of sixty-plus members. You never left mom's house hungry.
One of her favorite activities was playing board games and pinochle. She played into the late hours with her children and grandchildren, giving them lasting memories. She claimed not to be competitive, but Grandma Frieda hated to lose.
Mom traveled later in life, retracing her roots to Germany, Poland and back to Ellis Island where she arrived as a young child. She was proud to be an American and loved living in Worland.
Mom met dad, Leo Scheuerman, at church when they were about twelve, going through confirmation together. Dad said to friends, "I'm going to marry Frieda Kister someday." When they were both nineteen, on June 7, 1942, that became a reality. Dad passed away January 9, 1998, after fifty-five years of marriage together. Dad always said that Mom brought out the best in him. Mom married into a huge family and was close with Dad's siblings.
Frieda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Leo Benedict Scheuerman; brothers, Emil Kister and Victor Kister; daughter-in-law, Kay Scheuerman and granddaughter, Diana Feraud.
She is survived by her children: Dan Scheuerman of Worland, Linda (Skip) Crawford of Worland, Jeannette (Dan) Hunter of Cody, Wyoming and Paul (Susan) Scheuerman of Worland; sister-in-law, Dorothy Scheuerman of Worland; grandchildren: Todd (Nicole) Scheuerman of Worland, Mark (Anna) Scheuerman of Tucson, Arizona, Amy (Lafe) Shaw of Cody, Tammy (Josh) Hays of Cody, Anna (Mike) Nelson of Cody, Kodi (Jake) Hardman of Bozeman, Seth (Lisa) Crawford of Worland, Lindsey (Chad) Beadell of Bozeman, Christopher (Tabby) Scheuerman, Andrew (Kristen) Scheuerman, Brittney (Chris) King, Jannel (Travis) Preuit and Kristin (John) Ferguson all of Worland; 33 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Monday September 25, 2023 at Zion's Church with Pastor James Byers officiating. A private family graveside will precede services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Church. Please send checks to 1500 Circle Rd, Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at http://www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.
We would like to thank all the employees at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for all the love and care they showed Grandma Frieda for the last five and a half years. We are forever grateful for each and every one of you.