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This oral history was completed with Genevieve (Jenny) Williams about her older sister Stella Jedrziewski Wawrynovic, a 1940 graduate of Jefferson's Nursing Training School.

Stella Jedrziewski Wawrynovic was born in Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania to Polish immigrants. Her parents championed the importance of education for all of their children, and so when the oldest daughter Stella graduated from high school in 1936 she moved to Philadelphia to pursue a nursing degree at Jefferson's Nursing School. She began her career at Jefferson before joining the Army during WWII to work as a nurse. After the war she returned to Jefferson, where she continued working until she married Frank Wawrynovic in 1949. Though she spent much of her remaining career working for her husband's business, she was always proud of being a Jefferson nurse. Upon her death in 2013 the Stella Jedrziewski Wawrynovic, DN ’39 Scholarship was created to support Jefferson College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who demonstrate academic excellence.

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Indiana, PA


Jefferson Training School for Nurses, alumni, women, oral histories, nursing, WWII, diploma nurse


Nursing | Oral History


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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, November 2015


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Jenny Williams on October 5, 2015

Stella Jedrziewski Wawrynovic