Florence Catherine <I>Skinner</I> Freudenberg

Florence Catherine Skinner Freudenberg

Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Death 8 Feb 1986 (aged 85)
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial North Arlington, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Grave 16, Row D, Section F, Block 49
Memorial ID 7635247 · View Source
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Florence Catherine Skinner (1901-1986) Freudenberg (b. February 8, 1901; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. February 8, 1986; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

Florence Catherine Skinner, Flossie Skinner. Her married name was Florence Freudenberg.

Algernon Skinner (1867-1943) and Mamie Mary Caufield. Her father was from Sullivan County, New York and he worked for the railroad and he followed the railroad down to Jersey City. Algernon later married Nora Belle Piatt from Westbrookville, New York after Mamie died.

February 3, 1901 or February 8, 1901 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. Her baptism record uses February 8, 1901.

May 21, 1901 at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.

Florence has at least three siblings, Hattie Skinner; Winifred Skinner (1899-1993), who married George Francis McManus (1896-1989) and Robert Skinner. One of the siblings, either Robert or Hattie may have been institutionalized.

On March 26, 1920 in the Borough Hall, in the Bronx, New York she married Eugene Freudenberg (1900-1956) a freight handler for the American Railway Express Company. Their certificate was number 1385. They lived in Jersey City and had four children together, but their lives were somewhat tragic and marked by poverty. Even though they were very poor, they were generous their whole lives.

First child:
Louis Julius Freudenberg II (1922-1986) was the first born and he was drafted into the Army in 1941 but was discharged for having flat feet. He later had a child with Margaret Piatt. Marge was from Westbrookville, New York but had come down to live with the Freudenbergs in Jersey City. Louis became a recluse later in life and never left his home and never cut his hair, he is buried in the New Jersey Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in North Hanover Township, New Jersey. Their child was called Margie and she may have moved to the state of Washington with her mother when she got older.

Second child:
Eugene Freudenberg II (1925-1945) was the second child, and he died on January 24, 1945 in Luzon in the Phillipines during World War II. They thought he was Jewish and buried him with a Star of David, he was buried in the Phillipines but the body was later reinterred in Beverly, New Jersey at the National Cemetery. Arthur Oscar Freudenberg II (1929- ) was the next child; he is still alive as of this writing and living in Florida. Arthur has several children living in New Jersey.

Third child:
Ralph Kohlman Freudenberg (1937-1995) aka Wimpy Freudenberg, was the third child, and he fell from a window as a child and landed on a wrought iron fence on the spikes that prevent people from climbing over them. He lived but never recovered completely. Around June or July 1941 Ralph was set on fire by neighborhood kids. The details are different depending on whose version of the story you hear, and the details will be made clear when the newspaper story is found in the Jersey Journal. In June of 1957 Ralph inherited $3,000 from the estate of Ralph Kohlman, his namesake. Ralph Kohlman was married to his aunt and that side of the family was well off. In 1993 Ralph was declared an incompetent and was hospitalized for renal failure. When he was dying they tried to find his brother, Arthur, in Keansburg, but Arthur had moved to Florida. When Ralph died they buried him in an unmarked pauper's grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey.

Death of husband:
Eugene, her husband died on March 30, 1956 of emphysema related to his smoking and he is buried in his parent's plot in Flower Hill Cemetery in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Selma Freudenberg said that Florence started dating a man named James Hunter and he died sometime in the 1970s at her house on Beacon Avenue.

Florence died on February 8, 1986.

She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery at 340 Ridge Road in North Arlington, New Jersey. It is not clear who the other people in the grave are. The plot is owned by Lillian Ruks.

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 28, 2003. Updated on March 27, 2017 with her baptism.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 28 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7635247
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Catherine Skinner Freudenberg (8 Feb 1901–8 Feb 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7635247, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .