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.
Kay’s Story (Resident of Laurelwood at The Pinehills)
What is your name?
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My parents were Sylvia & Bearnhard Wolf. My siblings were triplets who were 7 years younger then me, 2 sisters and a brother.
When and where were you born?
I was born in December 1923.
What Kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
I loved going to New Jersey in the Summer, near the ocean.
What did you love to do with your friends?
Sports and playing Jax.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I did not like school, but I attended a Jr. Collage.
If married, what is/was your spouses name? How did they propose?
My husband's name was Leslie Slote and we met through friends after the war. I was sick in bed when he proposed!
What are your children’s names?
David and Richard.
Where have you lived?
New York and now Massachusetts.
Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I worked as a secretary and I always worked for women. I was a secretary at a rehab center in White Plains at a day hospital. Then I worked at Scarsdale High School for a long time as a secretary. I really admired my boss, she was a great leader and was very involved in education.
What are your hidden talents?
Ping Pong, and I’m a good writer. I was told I write with feeling.
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
I block it out.
Do you have holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
I always hosted Passover and my sister hosted Thanksgiving.
What are some of your favorite things?
I love the Opera.
What are your favorite things to do now?
Reading, The Opera, Ping Pong, Bridge, always continuing to learn.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at Laurelwood at The Pinehills?
Reading, Ping Pong and Bridge.
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
I hope for a better world- a better environment, a more peaceful, kinder world.
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Sum your personality up in one word?
I can’t in one word but I used to be quiet and timid, now I’m not!