100th Birthday Party. A life worth celebrating.

Of course I was thrilled when Barbara, a local landscape architect, came to me to shoot her mom’s 100th birthday celebration.  But when she began to share the incredible story of her mother’s life, and her experiences in Poland as a young woman, I realized how amazing this milestone truly was. As a young bride in Warsaw, Kazimiera was separated from her husband during the Nazi invasion. Having become a member of the underground Polish Resistance, she was taken to a Gestapo prison and then to a slave labor camp in Germany. She was finally reunited with her husband 7 years later when she arrived here in the U.S., but was never to see her parents again. She and her husband first settled in Haddonfield. They moved to Camden to be part of a then thriving Polish community in the Whitman Park neighborhood, where they raised Barbara and her brother Thomas. Barbara now resides in Camden with her mom,  where she cares for her. And all the while, as Barbara speaks of her mom, her words are woven through with such love and respect, and you get such a sense of how wonderful this woman was, and how much she has meant to her family. Kazimiera’s centennial started with a special benediction at Sacred Heart Church and continued at St. Joseph’s Polish Church with a mass and blessing..Her birthday party, at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, was a celebration filled with family and friends, Polish food and music, and great joy.


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Anne HainesSeptember 8, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Thanks for sharing this- what beautiful pictures and family! Write down her story!!!!!

AnaMaria VergaraSeptember 20, 2013 - 7:21 am

Beautiful… Absolutely beautiful. God bless your family. You are a wonderful daughter.

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