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Mollie Breno

Mollie was born in England in 1922. Her family lived in London in a museum area, and as a child she often played in museums.

When Mollie was 17 years old her family’s home was bombed by the Germans. She joined the British Army and was stationed at Winchester, where she did office work.

Molly met an American soldier at a dance. His name was Paul Breno, and they were married in 1947. They had four children, one of whom is Monica (Mrs. Tony) Baltes of Versailles. The Breno family lived in the Toledo area where Paul was involved in sales. After Paul died Mollie worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office in Toledo.

Now Mollie resides at the Brethren Retirement Community so that she can be near her daughter. In fact, Monica helped her mother remember some of the details for this interview. Mollie is fond of her medals: an Auxilliary Territorial Service medal, and the Royal British Legion medal. She still loves parades, and always salutes the flag.

Delbert Blickenstaff
Senior Scribe

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