Oma's Parent were Lutheran. In 1920 her family met an LDS lady (Wilkening Beckerdorf) from the City Welfare Department (the Lutheran Church had sent for a Social Worker). Oma's siblings, Marie and Herbert went to church every Sunday walking 2 hours. Paul Alfred pulled a wagon with Clara Emma Sander in it when they went to church for the first time.
On the 31st of October 1941, when Oma was 21 years old, she had a terrible accident. She was signaling for the train to leave Machteburg, Hamstead. The train was just starting to move when she slipped on the ice of the wagon stairs and fell from the train. Doctors said she would only live three days, then said she would live one year. Finally, when she lived past that they told her she would never have kids.
Saturday, her father always left on a bike to go and visit members in his role as District President. He said he wouldn't go to the U.S. until he was released from his calling.
In May 1949, Oma's parents left from Bremehafen to New York. They then took a bus to
Salt Lake City. Opa (William Pergler) and Oma finally were able to get a visa from Bremen but
they didn't have any money except for their ticket. They didn't have money for Oma's Doctors,
or for train rides to the Embassy, or even for food. Fortunately they were able to ride the
Railroad for free. They even had to get an advance from Opa's next pay check. Opa had ulcers
from his stay in a Prisoner of war camp and was still sick. He shouldn't have even been given a
visa. Oma's Grandpa had a print shop in Stuthagen. He paid his son very minimally. He
wanted to be important but was quite poor. He played checkers and sang in a choir. He had a
heart attack after loosing a chess game. He lost his business in the depression around 1919. She
also had a brother in Hannover (Herman Hegemeister)