Olga Ciarlo was born in 1921 in Waterbury, and lived with her family at 1032 North Main Street. Her parents had immigrated to America from Italy, and her father, Tomaso, ran a successful grocery store and butcher’s shop. But in 1937, Tomaso passed away, leaving his widow, Martina, to care for their five children. After high school, she got a secretarial job in the offices of the Waterbury Steel Ball company. Olga’s older brother, Corado, known as “Babe,” graduated from Leavenworth High School in l941, and had also been working at Waterbury Steel Ball when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He became a corporal in the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Regiment, Company G, and fought in Italy in 1943 and 1944.