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He has shown up to every major court hearing and will be a key witness in the trial against John Wall.
It’s a lot for a 19-year-old college sophomore to handle. But Pelle Wall said his mother prepared him for this.
"She was a very strong-willed person who wasn’t afraid to tell people when she disagreed," he said in a recent interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. "All of us [kids] have that strong-willed stubbornness and the ability to question things, like is this true? Is this right? We were never raised to accept something because someone said it was so."
She wasn’t all business all the time.
Pelle Wall recalled his mother’s quirky sense of humor and warm gestures. They’re what he misses most.
When he or his siblings were upset, he said, his mother would run for her camera. She used to chase them around the house snapping photos of them at their most pouty, making it impossible for anyone to stay mad.
When he would hunker down to do his homework, he said, his mother would come down with a treat to help him continue on — ice cream, cookies, you name it.
"She had a real sweet tooth," Pelle Wall said, with a chuckle. "She did all these little things to show you that she cared."
When she wasn’t baking or teasing her kids, Pelle Wall said, she was exploring.
She loved to hike and bike and camp and ski.
At Friday’s memorial, photographs of von Schwedler lined a small table next to an arrangement of candles spelling her name. Nearly all featured her outside and with her children.
• Life after her death
Already, Pelle wall has spent more than 10 percent of his life without his mother.
Some days, it feels like more than that, he said.
"In a sense I feel like I haven’t seen her in forever," he said. "Looking back on everything that we did and everything that’s occurred since then seems like a lifetime."
Since von Schwedler’s death, Pelle Wall left his father’s home and moved in with a new family — the Oglesbys. He was legally adopted by them on May 29 of this year.
Three months later, after years of battling his father for custody over his younger siblings, Pelle was joined by his younger sibling, ages 18, 14 and 12.. The Oglesbys were appointed guardians and granted "permanent placement" for the children by 3rd District Juvenile Court.
Amy Oglesby, who had five kids of her own, never knew Uta von Schwedler. Her daughter and Pelle were best friends in high school. But she only got to know his mother after she was already dead.
"We get asked a lot how this is possible," said Amy Oglesby. "I always say that we loved these kids before we even knew all of them. It just feels like it was always meant to be. Like Uta’s spirit is right here with us, guiding us into this new family. Like she’s got our back."
There are now 9 kids and two parents under one roof. They call their new hybrid family "the tribe."
One of the children wrote an essay reflecting on his mother and the changes in his own life since she died.Next Page >
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