Marriage anniversary was hard. He died on our anniversary. We were married 25 years. We were having a surprise party, and I was surprised by his death.
Happy Times With Family
My son was president of Merrill Lynch. He left to go to Boston because he had gone as high as he could go with the company. He is on his own in Boston. They still come and see me at least once a month. Rese, Joyce, and Kurt come here with their dog.
Waiting to Enlist
I was in the navy from 1942 to 1945. I was on the gold order - on the boat. Submarine chaser. I wanted to go when I was 18 but people - my father - would not sign the papers. So I waited to enlist. I was later discharged for medical reasons because I had headaches and could not serve anymore. That made me sad.
My parents did not approve of the wedding. My mother was very unhappy that I was getting married in a Catholic church, and she did not come. It was a quiet wedding.
About My Children
Sons: 1 is in psychiatry. 1 works for the government. 1 is a business person. 1 is a principal of a school in California. My daughter died when she was 38. She was writing a book then and was briefly a teacher. I do not usually talk about my daughter, but recently, I have been trying to finish the book she had been writing. It has been hard, especially since I do not remember what the book is supposed to be about.
My wedding day
The most exciting time in my life was when I got married! It was a big party in Newark. I had a wedding dress, a wedding cake, a boquet of roses... It was magical. Roses were my favorite flower.
Coming to the senior home
My wife died about 7 years ago. After 5 years I lived by myself. It got to the point where I could not take care of myself. So my friend Barbara and I came here and I have been here 36 months. I am happy here. Everybody treats me good here. If you treat them good, they will treat you good.
Returning from the Hospital
When my children were born in Maimonides, New York, I was elated when they showed me the babies. My neighbors were waiting outside to see me and the baby when I arrived home.
My high school years. Dancing in Times Square. Marching in protest in Washington DC. Birth of my children. End of war
My life with a good husband, my 2 children, and all my grandchildren.
Lucky in love thrice
I had 3 husbands. They were the best, but unfortunately, they all died. And they were all Bachelors so they knew what they were doing and what they wanted. One was a diplomat and he saved lives in Germany. He snuck children out of his car from Germany. The second was a patient of mine. If I had to pick one of the three, I could never pick one forever.
The whole family used to go to the Catskills. My aunt and uncle owned a hotel there, so I used to go over there and eat. We honeymooned there too!
Swimming for Booze
When I came to America, I could speak French. So I worked in a foreign department of a bank. I could speak French because when I was in England, you could swim to France. People swam over to England all the time to buy liquor.
Preventing a suicide
My most memorable case was when a woman who had a breast removed because of cancer and her future husband left her. She tried to jump out the window and I went and stopped her and caught her. I am so glad I was there at the right time.
The happiest day of my life was when I got married - we got married twice! Once in Brooklyn when we got registered, and once in New York by the rabbi, because my husband was very religious.
Things changed in WW2
My grandparents came from Italy and they did not know each other. My grandmothers side they all know the King. I was the first child in the family and I was terribly spoiled. We were alternating meals, then WW2 came. My uncle was a doctor so we was important to the war.
Joy in grandchildren
My daughters birth. She was born in February 1958. She gave me lots of joy. She blessed me with three beautiful grandchildren, 2 boys and a sweet granddaughter. They are now grown and they still bring me loads of joy when they come to visit.
The day I gave birth to all four of my children: 6/23/56, 9/29/63, 12/30/76, 1/9/82
The honeymoon was never over! Wedding had the whole family. My husband loved clothes and dressing. He takes his son shopping for a suit. Every time they went shopping together, they had such a fun time. We had so much fun.
Trip to Hawaii
We took a trip to Hawaii. It was a lovely trip. We had been married almost 40 years and we had no more children at home so...We visited all the islands and went to the volcano top - I almost fell in but not quite. We just generally had a very good time. Honeymoon we never got the first time.
Love with Unmet Potential
Before I was married...my sister was born with a limited capacity. She had speech defects and visual defects, but she was a very happy person. By the time she was in her early 30s, and she met a man that she fell in love with. Because no parents approved of the marriage, they just dated. My sister became ill, and eventually she died. Shortly after that, the man committed suicide. My father was very upset about that. They held themselves responsible. Their deaths contributed to the growing distance in the family.
Going to school in Alabama
I went to school in Alabama for a short time - there was not much for black people to do. Everyday I went to school - my parents made me. We wore what we had - no uniforms. We did not have the things white people had - we only had what we could afford - my mother made our clothes in her sewing machine.
I went to school a few days a week, when the weather was good. We had to walk. Over a bridge swinging. That was many years ago.
Summers in Conneticut
I loved visiting my grandparents who lived in Conneticut. I was 9 years old. My father would put me on the train and all of my uncles would meet me at the station. I would spend the whole summer with them. One of my favorite memories.
I was happy when I got married but God took her and I miss her.
I am impressed with your project (activity) and I would like to contribute to your effort. There are several highlights in my life - mainly long intervals punctuated by crowning successes. Such was my acheivement to recue my best man in my wedding by promulgating an experiment and during which saved his life. There are other highlights in my C.V. to be proud, but some could be considered humorous, such as when I was mistakenly listed as a war criminal. Talk about mistaken identity.
Combat in Nazi Germany
I survived 32 combat missions over Nazi Germany in WWII, in a four-engine bomber. I was a bombardier and navigator.
Alice. First baby. When I got married.
I graduated school in Newark at the age of 29. I studied everything in school. I wore a cap and gown and still have it! My family - my mother, father, sister - all attended.
Lost bathing suit
My memory is about my husband. We went to the Catskills for a weekend. We went in the pool for a swim. My husband lost his bathing suit when he jumped into the pool.
Clapping for herself
My great-granddaughter came on a cruise with us. And she was the only child on the boat. So she would go to different rooms and dance but she did not know what applause was so she would clap for herself too.
Recovering from paralysis
I was 21 months in the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. I was completely paralyzed. I was put in the oxygen tent and then I had the priest come and my wife and my sister were there and I was pulled out just fine. I could not do much for about 3 to 4 years after that. I was like a family member in the hospital, nurses took me out to dinner and went out for football games at with Red Cross. I love football games, do not really support a team.
Nurse to stockbroker
I was a nurse. And then my husband wanted me to be a stockbroker. But I was a nurse and did not know anything about being a broker. Anyway, they got me to take an exam, and I was then a stockbroker.