Mary Juratovac Gansen

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1:29 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Pearl Harbor parachute becomes beautiful Christmas gift

Mary Gansen's granddaughter Angela Keene-Kennedy in the parachute robe in 1989

On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary Juratovac Gansen’s old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute. 

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