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Pauline Detterer Papers




2012



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Creation: 28.03.2012
Language: English

Title: Pauline Detterer Papers
Quantity: 1 box
Identification: PP DetP
Location: 153D
Language: German

The collection contains personal records, correspondence, diaries, and a vacation itinerary.


Mary Pauline Detterer was born to Frederick and Caroline Detterer on April 17, 1892. She was the youngest of three children. Pauline attended Moravian Preparatory School and graduated with the class of 1909. That year she became a member of the Central Church and remained a member throughout her lifetime. Post graduation Pauline worked as a secretary to Dr. Clewell at the Moravian Seminary for girls. After several years she began to teach music at the Seminary. She held this position until her death. Pauline's passion in life was the piano; she even had two at one time in her apartment. She accompanied children in the primary Department of Sunday school and was also an accompanist for the Bach Choir. She also enjoyed to travel, the outdoors, and fashion. Pauline remained unmarried and was remembered as quiet and reserved.

Pauline lived with her mother in the Widow's House until her mother's death in 1952. She continued to live in the Widow's House until 1972, when she was moved to Holy Family Manor after she could no longer care for herself. In Pauline's later life her physical condition caused her mental condition to weaken and was known to suffer from withdrawal and phobia before her death. Pauline passed away on July 28, 1981. She was buried at the Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem, PA. Her brother Ernst and her sister Edith are buried in a single grave in God's Acre.


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