Images of residents, their family and friends, and their lives
Sophie Bielot Blaschik
Sophie Anna Bielot was born in Moodus April 29, 1922. Her parents Stanley and Anna had emigrated from Poland. Her dad and three brothers were mill workers.
Her first grade class at Nathan Hale School. Sophie's in the middle of the second row (1927).
With her oldest sister Rose. Sophie had three sisters and four brothers.
For sustenance, Sophie's family kept chickens, ducks, turkeys, cows and pigs, and maintained a large garden. One of her first jobs was to walk the family milk cow back from the pasture down the road.
Sophie's summer jobs included waitressing at Echo Farm (1939).
Sophie and best friend Helen Wlodarczyk at Echo Farm (1940).
Not sure what's going on here at Echo Farm, but Sophie doesn't look too happy.
With Helen Wlodarczyk in front of Nathan Hale High School. The Ray addition had not yet been built (1941).
With one of her high school teachers (1941).
Sophie's 1941 Nathan Hale High School graduating class. First row (L-R) Helen Wiscavage, Helen Bower, Helen Wlodarczyk, Sophie, Evelyn Feingold and Veronica Golet; Second row, Helen Blaschik, Virginia Violet Clarke, Evelyn Walden, Daisey Crook, Helen Mager and Dorothy Hoffman; Third row, Don Smith, David Klar, Sidney Katrosar, Robert Shaw, Arthur Donellan, William Ely and Gilbert Worthington.
Sophie and her gal pals enjoyed regular trips to New York City (1941).
Enjoying a night out in the city (1947).
Helen Wlodarczyk and Sophie (1942).
A 1943 pose in a hula skirt.
With her brother's car (1945).
With an older sister (1945).
An iconic 1946 pose with an older sister.
Sophie in 1951.
In front of her Leesville Rd. house (1960).
Sophie opened Sophie's Beauty Salon in 1965 in a new addition to her house. She ran it for 40 years before closing in 2005.
Sophie loved line dancing and teaching others the steps (1980).