stamped in my mind of these two special people. Then, as we boarded, Ella always pulled out from nowhere the biggest package of German cakes and sweets you can imagine. So all the way to Myrtle Beach we thought of them as we savored their goodies. Our family became, like so many others, part of the Fredella family as we grew closer to our Real Father. How many people young in His love were kept "warm in the nest" by dear Fredella? How many quiet and selfless acts did they perform in their tireless efforts to help others draw closer to the Beloved? Only Baba knows, because they served so much behind the scenes. Their legacy is the lives of so many lovers of Baba who reflect the support and guidance given them by Fredella."
Ella Winterfeldt Passes Away
Cable received from Myrtle Beach on 24 April 1985:
DEAREST ELLA WENT TO BELOVED BABA PEACEFULLY AT 10:30 A.M. APRIL 23 AT PINE LODGE STOP BABA'S PRAYERS AND GUJARATI ARTI SUNG CHAPEL OF GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY 3 P.M. LOVE ALL
Cable sent to Myrtle Beach on 24 April 1985:
DEAREST ELLA OF BABA'S FAITHFUL FREDELLA HAS AT LAST BEEN GRANTED HER HEART'S DESIRE. FREDELLA'S LOVE FOR AVATAR MEHER BABA WAS SO DEEP THAT EVERYTHING THEY DID RADIATED THIS LOVE. ELLA'S LOVE FOR FRED, AND FOR ALL FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO KNOW HER, SEEMED AN EXPRESSION OF BABA'S LOVE BECAUSE HER VERY LIFE WAS BABA'S. INSEPARABLE FREDELLA NOW UNITED IN BELOVED BABA WE SALUTE THEIR LOVE FOR HIM.
Excerpts from Mani’s letter to Kitty (29/4/85):
"Soon after our return (from Poona) we got your cable with news of dear Ella - most of all we felt her joyous relief at being free from this body-bondage, and Mehera was really pleased that she died peacefully at home and not in the hospital . . . I’m sure you will miss her . . . but predominant will be joy at her happy & longed-for return to her Beloved. My regular mail-contact for many years with dear Fredella, makes me truly appreciate their silent self-effacing & efficient service for Baba - these rare gems will shine for all time as true lovers of the Beloved, Meher Baba."
|We seek — we find not, - - - yet He gives us Love.|
|We hope - - - it is not fulfilled, - - - yet He showers us with abundance.|
|We want - - - He takes our wants, and gives us what we need.|
|We need - - - His Love, His Grace and His Compassion.|
— Fred Winterfeldt