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Most Memorable Celebration

Life Story Club Contributor

Mar 10, 2020

What sticks in my mind is one Easter Sunday about 37 or 38 years ago. I was one of four siblings and my mother lived in a two-family house with my sister who had a husband and a child. And anyway, we’re a family of five. I have three sons, and they were coming over for dinner. I had the table set. We’re Italian so we had ravioli. My one sister is a widow was going with her son to New Jersey, and she called up. She goes, “Bea-Bea, you know, I just don’t feel like making the trip to New Jersey, so I think I’ll come over.” I said, “Fine. Come over.”

A little while later, my brother calls, “Bea-Bea, you know, we have to go to Charlie’s house, and I’m just–I think we’re going to come to your house.” No sweat. So anyway I re-set the table and said, “Frank, go out and get more ravioli.” And my mother was there and after dinner, we were playing a stupid card game with pennies and I told my mother, “Ma, you’re gonna be 90 and a couple of weeks and you have your four children here. How blessed are you?” and I kissed her. And we were having a great time. It was like we were meant to be together because a few weeks later, my brother dies of a massive heart attack.

By the end of the month, my mother died. And it was like God meant us to be together for the last time and it was wonderful. I said, “Ma, look you’ve got four children here. How wonderful.” And she was smiling. And that stays in my mind all the time like it was deemed that we were going to be together for the last time, because we didn’t know but God knew. It stays in my mind all the time.

Work Life

Life Story Club Contributor

I did accounting most of my life and cost work. I worked for a lithographing firm. Cost work. Whatever occupation they were doing, you’ve got the time and the money spent on each job, and that’s cost work. It was very interesting. I worked for them for 10 years. Then I was home, I had my children. Then after 18 years, I went back to say hello, and they had a seat for me. So then I worked another 15 years in accounting. I lived in a small town, I live in Carle Place, and the lithograph firm, it was Consolidated Lithograph, they moved here years ago. I used to work for them in Brooklyn. Then we moved to Long Island, had my first child, so I stopped working. Then after 18 years I went back to say hello, and they put me to work immediately! I worked for them a total of 25 years.

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Greatest Historical Event

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 25, 2020

What is the most important thing in mind, it came to me immediately, it was the end of World War Two. All our loved ones were away and we were working when the European theater of war ended, we were working and we worked in an office and they close the whole building down, everything was just with tears of joy and mixed sorrow and everything else. And everybody had loved ones away. And then what was a month or two later, when the Japanese. There was the bombing of Hiroshima and our dear ones who were in the South Pacific…we were so thankful for that. And it really was the most important time of my life because all our loved ones were away. And we look forward for them coming home and my brother was in the South Pacific, and he had come home on an emergency furlough about two and a half years before that, my dad passed away. And when he came home, he was sent overseas in that. Meantime, my, my sister in law became pregnant, so he didn’t see his son until his son was two and a half years old. And the whole thing…and my sister’s husband was a prisoner of war on Germany, and he was missing in action for about nine months before he found that he was a prisoner, and it affected our lives so that stays in my mind. It’s like, the most important thing that happened. I know I’m married with children and grandchildren, but that was just, not the socks off. The actual feelings that you had at that time were just overwhelming.

When my brother came back, he saw this two and half year old child. Just tears, mostly tears, my mom. And so we were very close family anyway and it was very exciting. Very exciting. This one was coming home. I mean it was just crazy, just crazy.

After the war, you know, everybody fell into sync. My brother got a job, and my brother in law was in hospital over two and a half years because he was he was a prisoner of war, but his tank was blown up. He came home on a hospital ship during the World War Two. And it had a big red cross on it, so no one bombed that ship. It was a hospital in Staten Island, and it was very emotional and very taxing. I think that that will stay in my mind forever, the sadness and the happiness of having loved ones come back.

Now, we used to have to close the lights, air raid training and we had darken the house, even here where we were safe really. It was a crazy time. And when it was announced that the war ended, my office closed, the girls in the office went to Manhattan. There was so much going on. People who didn’t know each other were kissing each other. It was so happy! And two months later, the Japanese were bombed and the war ended. Incredible.

Childhood Friend

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 18, 2020

My childhood friend was Azel Zirinsky, and we grew up together. I am of Italian heritage and we lived in a Jewish neighborhood, so all of my friends were Jewish and they live in the apartment house keeping everything. And when my grandma, my grandfather came to America in 1898 and in the early 1900s, he bought a six family house. It was kept immaculately. Clean, carpeted halls and everything else. And they used to get a kick out of coming to my house. We had a combination of coal and gas stove, and my friends would love to put the orange skins on the hot stove and let out its essence and whatnot.

I am almost 97 and unfortunately I have lost all my peers. My dearest friends, my lifelong friends are all deceased. I am by myself. I have no friends left.

I had a very wonderful childhood. My grandfather bought this six-family house. So I lived in the same house with my grandmother, my aunts and uncles and whatnot. And it was a great life. Wonderful. A wonderful childhood.

When we were kids we played ball outside and we jump-roped, etc. WE would roller-skate out in the street. That’s what we did for pastimes. I had a wonderful childhood and a wonderful adulthood.

And I have three fabulous sons. I’m not going to rave about them but I have three fabulous sons. So I’ve had a good life. I have five grandchildren. No girls. I have three sons and all of my children had boys. It was all males in my house, except for me.

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