Herta was born 19 September 1906 in Mareese,
Kreis (District) Marienwerder, Westpreußen (West Prussia), Germany. Today,
this place is called Mareza, Kwidzyn, Poland. She died
17 August 1995 while living with her niece Regina Ball Gucker
in Grossheppach, Bei Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany.
house in Mareese where Hildegard was born. This photo was
taken in 1984, so the house probably looked somewhat different
in Hildegard's. This house is below the Marienwerder Cathedral,
across the Liebe river, and the road follows the route of
the former Marienwerder Kleinbahn (small-guage railroad).
house on Lazarettstraße in Marienwerder where Herta was
born in 1909. The family had moved here sometime after 1906. This
photo was taken in the mid-1930s, shortly after the house
received a new stucco finish. Herta's parents are at the
top of the steps in the right-hand frame.
of Hildegard with hers brothers and sisters taken in Marienwerder
about 1917 or 1918. Left to right, they are Herta, Erwin,
Charlotte, Kurt and Hildegard.
of Martha Hedwig Kobitz Matthia with her children taken
on the occasion of Albert and Martha Matthia's 20th Wedding
Anniversary on 6 November 1918 in Marienwerder, Westpreußen.
From left to right, Hildegard, Martha, Kurt, Herta, Charlotte,
confirmation picture taken about 1919.
of Albert and Martha Matthia with their children taken about
1926. Left to right in the front row are Hildegard, Martha,
Albert, and Herta. Kurt, Charlotte and Erwin are across
as a young woman in Marienwerder.
with her friends.
married Paul Gerhard Willi Lange on 29 May 1954. Here is
a wedding photo. Their home was in Magdeburg, D.D.R. [East
brother Erwin with her and Willi. Probably taken in the
is the gravesite for Hildegard and Willi Lange. It is in the