The photo at right is Baba (on the left) and one of her sisters but I am not sure which one.
I am grateful for the time I spent at her place each summer growing up, though admittedly at that time I went with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. I wish I had paid more attention when we would go round visiting all the aunts. She was one of six children - three brothers and two sisters. We'd also visit my grandfather's four sisters too. She spoke so often of her younger brother Paul. She called him Paulie and he was killed in World War II. The photo below at left is the two of them.
Baba was born Anna Kurenda on 12 August 1917, just as World War I was entangling Europe. Her father, John Kurenda, worked at as a roll setter at Bethlehem Steel (later Lukens), as so many men in the Coatesville area did. Her mother, Frances Skrabalek Kurenda, stayed home and tended to the family, like most women of that time. The Kurenda family lived in Sadsburyville on Sandy Hill Road. She was baptized in the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (now the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church) in Coatesville. Her Godparents were Nicholas Sawcsyn & Anastasia Morus.
Baba told us a story once of how they had actually met years earlier. She was almost a half year older than him. They met at Rock Run School. Gigi's parents did not speak English - or at least not well. The teacher there asked Baba to teach Gigi English and help him with his studies!
Her and Gigi had two sons - my dad and my Uncle John. She worked several jobs over the years. She had worked at Cardinal Cotton & Maytown Sewing Factory, the Friendly Grocery Store, Ann's Steak Shop and Burrough's Corp.
She was active at church and was a member of the Sisterhood. She was also an Auxiliary member of the West End Fire Co. in Coatesville.
Gigi passed 18 August 1997 at home. He had a heart attack. Baba fell ill later and passed 15 July 2000. They are buried together in the church cemetery.