Hedwig Janicki was the sister of my Mom’s mother. We called her Ciocia Hattie, ciocia being the Polish word for aunt (it is pronounced, more or less, as choy’-cha).
Ciocia Hattie was born in 1919 and died in 1996. She lived her entire life in Wilmington. She worked in a sewing factory and was a very accomplished seamstress.
I love this portrait of her. It is a postcard picture from Blakemore Studio on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. I don’t know when it was taken, probably in the 1940’s.