In Her Words
Candid Profiles of Strength Told by the Women of Northbridge
Throughout the month of March, we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Regina’s Story (a resident of Autumn Glen at Dartmouth)
What is your name and where were you born?
My name is Regina Estelle Hauck and I was born in Brooklyn, NY. I am a middle child to older brother William and younger sister Carol. Carol was 9 years younger and I was truly more like a mom to her than a sister. My father was Jewish and my mother was Irish Catholic. My father’s family always named their children after relatives who had passed on but my mother was not fond of this tradition. My father wanted to name me Rebecca but when I was born, her mother said she would only use the “R” and named me Regina.
I had a difficult childhood and strained relationship with me father. I had many friends though. We went to dances and to the ice cream parlor. In some ways, it felt like my friends saved me. I enjoyed my time with them.
What schools did you attend?
I attended Catholic school (where I received a scholarship) and was fond of English and religion.
What was your life like after school?
I met and wed my husband, Charles and we were married for 63 years. We had 4 children: David, Dennis, Maureen and Robert. We raised our family mostly in Long Island but my husband did like to move quite often. I chose not to work because I didn’t want anyone else to raise my children.
What were some of your favorite pass times?
Some of my pass times included crocheting, floral arrangement and dancing.
How did you overcome difficult times in your life?
I had quite a few traumas to overcome in my life but one of the toughest moments was when my family home burned down. There was nothing left, just a black hole. We lost everything, but luckily my entire family made it out safely. A second tough moment to overcome was when my youngest son, Robert, was born 3 months premature and weighing only 2 lbs. The doctor told me that he would not live through the night but he was strong and he survived! He grew up to be a wonderful man!
What are some of your favorite things?
My favorite foods are pot roast and a turkey dinner.
I still enjoy music and “good movies, not today’s movies”. My daughter also bought me an iPad and she I love reading stories on it.
I have 11 grandchildren. One is an angel in heaven
How would you sum yourself up in one word?
Lucky. I’m lucky to have always had great friends and family.
What’s one piece of advice for women today?:
I wish someone would have given me life advice. Don’t get married too young!
For more information about the wonderful way of life at Autumn Glen at Dartmouth, click here.