ELLEN DICKENS BIELASKI
Well, let's see. After graduating from W&M, I went to Wash., DC to attend Georgetown University and was able to somehow manage to get a Master's degree in French, and I planned to teach, but never reached that goal. Instead, I found a job in DC at the International Monetary Fund, where the staff consisted of about 80 nationalities (boy, what an eye opener for me). I ended up in Human Resources and was able to use my French occasionally for translation etc. I met my husband, Charles, there, and he worked in the Travel Division and eventually became the Chief of the division. I worked at the Fund for about 8 years until my oldest daughter, Catherine, was born and after that I stayed home as homemaker and mom. Subsequently, our second daughter, Susanne, was born.
We live in Annandale, Va., a suburb of DC off the Beltway on Braddock Rd. exit. After many years of service to the IMF and travel all over the world, Charles retired and we have remained in our home. We keep ourselves busy with many commitments to various clubs and groups of friends as well as daily gym and/or pool activities. We traveled last year on a cruise to Alaska and marveled at the beauties of nature there.
Our daughter Catherine Bielaski Grove and her husband Dan presented us with our first grandchild, Carter Daniel, in May 2009. They live nearby in Fairfax so we have frequent visits. We have spent this year learning all the things we did for our kids were probably wrong. It has been fun to experience the happiness and innocence of young children again.
Our daughter, Susanne Elizabeth Bielaski, lives in Richmond and works in Chesterfield County as an Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney. She specializes in prosecuting juvenile crime and domestic abuse, which are difficult to deal with, but she seems to manage well.