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Rhoda Barbara Tobler Frei
Original name: Rhoda Tobler Frei
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1899
Santa Clara
Washington County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1932
Santa Clara
Washington County
Utah, USA

Rhoda was the sixth child born to Jakob Tobler and Rosina Reber Staheli. She was born in a two room adobe house on the corner lot across the street south of the LDS chapel in Santa Clara. (The corner of Chapel Street and Santa Clara Drive.) Her mother died in 1900 of appendicitis, a terrible death due to lack of knowledge in those days. Rhoda was 14 months old. Jakob's second wife, Anna Barbara, lived in a house next door and took Rhoda and raised her. Josephine, Rhoda's oldest sister, took responsibility for the house on the corner. Rhoda had many talents. She was a beautiful singer and played the piano by ear. She sang the lead in the choir. She was a wonderful seamstress and cook. She married Edward R. Frei, Jr., December 12, 1917. They lived across the street from his father's house in Rosina Gubler's place (corner of Victor Street and Santa Clara Drive). There was a flu epidemic so the temple was closed when they were married so as soon as the St. George Temple was reopened they were married and sealed March 27, 1918. They went to Bull Valley in a white topped buggy and spent a week in the summer of 1918 at the homestead of Jacob and Lena Reber Frei. Rhoda's father died that fall and Rhoda lost her first born child, a still born daughter in February 1919. That fall, Edward was called on a mission to labor in the Northern States Mission headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Rhoda lived with his parents while he was gone. Edward returned August 1921 and was met in St. George by his parents in a white topped buggy. On his return, Edward worked at the Hafen & Frei ranch. Rhoda was loved very much by her in-laws with whom she lived during this time. September 1922, Rhoda and Edward moved to the Shivwit Indian Reservation where he taught school and she taught homemaking. Each day she prepared dinner for the children. The following spring they moved back to Santa Clara, peddled produce and worked on the Ivins Canal. The spring of 1922 they with six other couples began building homes on the Ivins bench. (Then known as the Santa Clara Bench). In 1924, Rayma, a daughter was born and Edward was sustained as presiding Elder of the Ivins Branch. Rhoda was counselor in the primary and pianist. She sang in many of the church programs. In 1927, she bore another daughter, Agnes. As an infant, Agnes developed pneumonia and was seriously ill. Grandma Agnes Frei came up and stayed with Rhoda and helped care for the baby. With constant care and mustard plasters they were able to break the fever and save the baby's life. In the summer of 1930, Grandma Agnes was very ill so Rhoda and Edward rented out their home in Ivins and moved to Santa Clara to care for Grandma...she died in November 1930. Edward and Rhoda had been trying to buy a home in Santa Clara and in December 1930 they signed papers on a home purchased from Jeffery Hunt at the northeast corner of Quail Street and Santa Clara Drive. When Edward's father went on a mission to California they took care of his cattle and lands. October 1931, Rhoda delivered Delores. After the delivery she didn't get along well at all and became seriously ill the next spring and summer. She died of blood poisoning August 1, 1932 at age 33. She left three little girls age 8, 4 and 10 months. Edward took the two older girls and lived with Grandpa Frei and his new wife, Anna Reber Schonig. Aunt Josephine (Rhoda's sister) and her husband Henry Graff took care of Delores. (It was difficult for the Graff family to let that baby go when Edward remarried.) 
Family links: 
  Jakob Tobler (1833 - 1916)
  Rosina R S Reber (Staheli) Tobler (1851 - 1900)
  Edward Rudolph Frei (1896 - 1984)
  Rayma Frei Taft (1924 - 1999)*
  Delores Frei Pendleton (1931 - 2001)*
  Bertha Tobler Wittwer (1863 - 1937)**
  William Enatz Tobler (1866 - 1960)**
  John Albert Tobler (1869 - 1915)**
  Wilhelmina Ida Tobler (1870 - 1872)**
  Hermina Tobler Graf (1873 - 1925)**
  Franklin Staheli (1874 - 1968)**
  George Ensign Tobler (1876 - 1953)**
  John Henry Tobler (1879 - 1956)**
  John Alfred Tobler (1882 - 1949)*
  Ernest Tobler (1885 - 1954)**
  Edward Tobler (1885 - 1938)*
  Josephine Tobler Graf (1888 - 1939)*
  Vernon Tobler (1890 - 1949)*
  Lillian Barbara Tobler Ence (1893 - 1980)*
  Rhoda Barbara Tobler Frei (1899 - 1932)
*Calculated relationship
Spouse: Edward R Frei, Jr.
Santa Clara Cemetery
Santa Clara
Washington County
Utah, USA
Plot: W04
Maintained by: Gus Pendleton
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 41926
Rhoda Barbara <i>Tobler</i> Frei
Added by: Gus Pendleton
Rhoda Barbara <i>Tobler</i> Frei
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Rhoda Barbara <i>Tobler</i> Frei
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