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World War II

Sylvia Willard, 1922 - 2006

Sylvia’s father, David Shapiro, grew up in Middlebury, VT. In 1917 he opened Shapiro’s Department Store in nearby Brandon. Her mother, Katie, was raised in North Adams, MA, and it was during a visit to her family that Sylvia was born in 1922. As children, Sylvia and her sister Evelyn helped at the family’s store and played in and around the streets of Brandon.

Zezette Larsen, 1929 - 2010

Zezette Larsen was born on February 21, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Zezette enjoyed being close to her assimilated, French-speaking Jewish grandparents in pre-World War II Belgium as well as spending school vacations with her Dutch grandparents in Amsterdam, Holland.

"Top Secret Rosies": How female computers helped win WWII

Back before Microsoft, IBM, and Apple, the word "computer" referred to a person who computes.

Eleanor Pearlson, 1921 - 2010

Eleanor D. Pearlson, the realty firm Tea Lane Associates’ cofounder who personally helped thousands of people to fall in love with the Island [of Martha's Vineyard] and sink roots here, died peacefully at her home in Chilmark on Dec. 22. She was 89.

Hannah Block, 1913 - 2009

Little can be said about Hannah Block that hasn't already been said many times over. She was a grand dame whose influence radiated far beyond her petite frame.

It wasn't so much what the lady did – although she did much in her 96 years. It is what she meant to Wilmington.

Eta Chait Wrobel, 1916 - 2008

Eta Wrobel, who lived in Fort Lee, NJ, for more than a decade toward the end of her life, was the commander of a partisan group in Lukow, Poland, wife to Henry, mother of four (Hal, Shain, Anna, and Liza), and grandmother of 11. She died on Memorial Day 2008, soon after her twin great-grandchildren were born. Her life was filled with the love of giving and of fighting for truth, justice, and the Jewish people. "We fought to survive," she would say. "We fought so that some of us would get out of there and make new families, to spit in the Nazi’s eyes. Our babies are our revenge."

Denise Schorr, - 2010

It is with great affection and many shared experiences that I remember the very big and full life of tiny Denise Schorr. I got to know Denise as a cooking colleague, in what amounts to the last third of her long life. For this reason, I will share memories and impressions from the last thirty years, which I know doesn't begin to touch upon the most important parts of her life: her family and her formative years. Because Denise was such a unique character, I hope some of these memories will capture her essence and serve as a tribute to her passion for living.

Eleanor Hatkin Freedman, 1924 - 1974

Who She Was: A Son's Search - One night in Beijing some years ago, I happened to attend a banquet celebrating an exchange program between American and Chinese scientists. The feast was held in a restaurant specializing in duck and renowned for utilizing every body part at some point in the meal. Just before all the participants toasted, a waiter brought us the roasted bird's head and a very sharp, very large cleaver. He then proceeded to split the skull so that the brain fell into two perfectly matched hemispheres.

Bert Milstone Cohen Hirshberg, 1919 - 2008

Bert Milstone Cohen Hirshberg was an activist and truly a "Bostonian's Bostonian." She cared passionately about the arts, Boston, literature, politics, and her family and friends. She had strong opinions which she acted upon, and always followed through with charismatic energy and a ready grin.


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