Taught a strong, Polish work ethic by his parents, Stanley and Mafalda of Easthampton, Mass., Ken paid for college by working at a dairy farm and by playing drums in a polka band. He loved his polka music almost as much as he loved his whoopie pies. While spending a summer as a polka DJ with his son, he was known to refer to the “toe-tapping music” as “Happy Music for Happy People.”
She is best known for founding the Children’s Literature Association in 1973; she served as its Executive Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Director of the Annual Conference in Children’s Literature until 1976.
She was a member of the volunteer organization, the Telephone Pioneers of America. She traveled the U. S. in 1951, parts of Europe in 1958 and with the Pioneer’s Club through the late 1980’s to the mid 1990’s.
Her family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, Oct. 15 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Route 195) Willimantic.
Aline, at the age of 13, was photographed by Norman Rockwell and appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post’s Thanksgiving edition of November 27, 1943.