Zápotocký? He was that kind of a good uncle
Marie Jiroušková was born in the family of a financial controller Jaroslav Pernegr on November 7, 1920 in České Budějovice. She had three siblings, younger brother Jaroslav Pernegr became a top physicist, studied cosmic rays and later worked in CERN, in Switzerland. Due to their father’s job, the family often moved, they lived in Vyšší Brod, Čáslav and at the end in Strunkovice in the Prachatice area. Marie graduated from the teaching institute in Čáslav, during the war she worked as a nurse in Husinec near Vimperk. In May 1945 she met US Army soldiers and her sister Ludmila Drahomíra married one of them. During the liberation, Marie also met her husband, Antonín Jiroušek, who came to the Husinec surgery after his release from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Here her husband was imprisoned together with Antonín Zápotocký, with whom he made a personal friendship. During the Zapotocky presidency, the Jiroušeks were invited to have a lunch at the Prague Castle, but the family did not engage in any political involvement. After 1948, they moved to Nelahozeves, where her husband found a job in the Povltava fat factory. Marie worked here as a nurse, later as a primary school teacher. She thought she could not have children, but unexpectedly she became pregnant at the age 36, her second son was born at age 45.