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Doris Olesky Was Born In 1919 In The Bronx. Her Family Moved To Lakewood, NJ, When Doris Was In 5Thgrade. Lakewood Was A Resort Town Then And Her Mother Opened A Hotel There. After Finishing High School At The Height Of The Depression, Doris Wanted To Go To College. The Only College That Offered A Full Scholarship Was Georgian Court College For Young Women, A Catholic School. Doris Was The Only Jewish Woman In The School. She Graduated And Became A Teacher. She Met Her Husband To Be When He Came To Her Mother’s Hotel To Recuperate From The Flu. The Couple Decided To Get Married, But War Was Declared And Doris’ Fiancé Was Drafted And Sent To Australia. In Australia He Was Assigned To Set Up An Army Hospital For Wounded Soldiers. In The Meantime, Doris Moved In With His Family And Taught In Newark, NJ. Her Fiancé Came Back Three And A Half Years Later And Was Sent To Recover From The War At Pratt General Hospital In Miami, Florida, Which Became The Famous Biltmore Hotel. The Couple Were Finally Able To Get Married And Settle In Florida. They Had Four Children, Seven Grandchildren, And Two Great Grandchildren. Doris’ Husband Went Into The Hotel Business And Ran The Sun Ranch Motel And Doris Went To Back To School At Barry University Where She Earned A Masters As A Reading Specialist. Doris Retired From Teaching In 1990 After Open-Heart Surgery, And Opened A Children’s Clothing Store In Surfside, While Continuing To Tutor In Reading. She Finally Closed Up Shop And Retired When The Intercontinental Bank Bought The Store Around 1995. It Was About The Same Time That Her Husband Passed Away, But Doris Remained Independent And Lived On Her Own Until Only A Couple Of Years Ago When She Moved Into Miami Jewish Health Systems. She Only Recently Discovered The TOP Classes And Is Becoming A Regular Participant.