Centenarians From North Salem Honored

County Legislator Francis Corcoran presents proclamation to Ilona Kopeczi-Deak who celebrated her 100th birthday. On the left is her daughter, Emese Russell, and granddaughter Chelsea Russell Credits: Nancy Sorbella

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Salem Hills Rehab celebrated the 100th birthdays of two residents on Thursday, Jan. 26. with a party and personalized proclamations from the Westchester County Legislator Francis T. Corcoran.

The honorees, both longtime matriarchs of their families, were Ilona Kopeczi-Deak and Frances Garvin.

Kopeczi-Deak, born on Jan. 6, 1917, migrated from Budapest, Hungary, to the U.S. via Salzburg, Austria, to escape the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She ultimately settled with her husband in Armonk as caretakers of the Leisure Family until her retirement to Pawling.

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The mother of five, is a grandmother of 13 and a great grandmother of five.

Celebrating with her for her 100th birthday were her daughter, Emese Russell, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Russell, both of Hopewell Junction.  Her family reports that she was incredibly hard-working and credits her strong work ethic and dedication to her family for her longevity.

Frances Garvin was born on Jan.11, 1917 in Victoria, Virginia, the oldest of 15 children, and spent most of her life in Jamaica, N.Y.  She has two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Her family reports that she loves people, is an excellent cook and always loved music.

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