Ginny Riedman-Dangler is the daughter of Paul and Mary Kay Klee Dangler. Both of her parents were raised in Rochester, New York, during the Great Depression. Ginny’s mother, Mary Kay Klee, was born in 1927 and attended Sacred Heart Academy and Nazareth College with the goal of becoming a writer. She was later denied employment and became a secretary. Mary Kay documented her experiences during the World War II through a number of published short stories and poems.
In this interview, Ginny discusses her participation in a book project called Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting, to which she submitted a story titled, “And the Cardinal Sang,” written in her mother’s voice. The story describes her mother’s experiences with growing up in Rochester during the war and her aspirations to become a professional writer.
Interviewee: Ginny Riedman-Dangler
Interviewer: Celeste Schantz
Archival Processor: Katy Shenk
Copyeditor: Erica Fugger
Date: June 14, 2018
Location: Pittsford Library, Pittsford, New York
Contributor: Newark Public Library
Project: National Home Front Project
Accession Number: DanglerGinny_HFN-OH_061418