Wanda is on the left.

Wanda Maria Werbicki was born on January 24, 1921 in the Polish neighborhood of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She was the first child of Raymond Wierzbicki and Pauline Bregetta Jaroszewska, both of whom emigrated from Poland through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. (More on a later post.) English was not her first language; in fact, Wanda did not learn English until she was in elementary school.  In addition to Wanda, Raymond and Pauline had another daughter and two sons. Raymond was known to his grandchildren as Grandpa and Pauline was called “Bachie” which is a child’s pronunciation of the Polish word babka which means grandmother.

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