Joanne Olsen Imbracsio

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Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

I was born June 3, 1941 in South Amboy, New Jersey. We grew up primarily in New York, except for about five years in California. I graduated from New Dorp High School in the town of New Dorp, Staten Island, New York. After graduation, I lived with my older sister, Madeline, in New Jersey for two years, worked in Pacific Employers Insurance Company days, and attended Rutgers University in the evenings.

I married and had two beautiful daughters; we lived in Philadelphia until 1975, when we moved to Malden, Massachusetts. We resided in Malden for 20 years, during which time we spent many happy days in Melrose; we picnicked in Pine Banks Park, attended church suppers in Melrose, and my daughters had friends in Melrose in 1982. My husband, Richard Cerankowski, died of a heart attack, and I became a single mom of two teenage girls. We survived and life goes on.

Friends introduced me to my new husband, Frank, and we had 23 years together before his death in March, 2007. We traveled to many states and to Germany to visit my daughter. I have two wonderful grandchildren and Frank had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, so we were busy with family. When I married Frank, I decided if I were going to change my name again, I woud add my long-lost maiden name of Olsen as my middle name.

Frank and I moved to Melrose, to the Levi Gould Apartments, part of the Congegational Retirement Community.

At age 36 I returned to college, graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with an associate degree in business and since have attended courses at Suffolk University.

Years ago, it was predicted I would become a writer. Somehow, I was too busy living to sit and write as much as I could have, though I did keep journals. And I won an award for an article I wrote in March, 1979 for the United Amateur Press Association.

January 10. 2008

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