The following biographical information has been provided by Victor H. Bevilaqua, the great nephew of Madelaine S. Pereny.
Baroness Madelaine Stauffenberger Perényi de Pereny was born in Kecskemet, Hungary and her early education was in Luzern, Switzerland since it was the custom of the time. She and her sisters learned languages, music, and dancing at a very fashionable girl's finishing school.
The family moved to Budapest, and all of the sisters received their college diplomas or teacher's certificates in Budapest. At that time, college for women was called "high education for girls". Madelaine, the oldest sister, studied at the Art Academy in Vienna. Yolanda matriculated from
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