Born in Detroit, Michigan, raised in Hamtramck, the third child of four, Charlotte’s first language was Polish. Her father, Andrew Kasperowicz, emigrated to the U.S. in 1909, returned to his village in 1921 to marry Josephine Wróblewski and bring her to America. Widening horizons became the watchword especially for Charlotte. It began with the first move – five blocks north, to a house behind a commercial strip. The Great Depression, World War II, and her mother’s lifelong yearning to return to her homeland shaped a career, marriage, and a life style.