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North Salem resident turns 100: County proclaims ‘Blanche Gagnon Day’

DJ Ronnie serenades centenarian, Blanche Gagnon, with Elvis songs, while dressed as the King himself. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Back from left: Norman Gagnon, Dennis Gagnon and County Legislator Francis Corcoran. Front from left: Maria Gagnon, Kaylen Gagnon, 11, Blanche Gagnon, 100, and Justin Gagnon, 8 Credits: Gabrielle Bilik

Blanche L. Gagnon celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family at Salem Hills Rehab and Nursing Center Aug. 30.


Technically, 100 and 30 days old, she celebrated along with 11 other people who had shared an August birthday.


Born in Massachussets, Gagnon was the second oldest of six siblings. Her family eventually relocated to New York City in 1930.

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In 1940, she married Jerry Gagnon. Together the couple had three sons, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two of the great grandchildren attended her birthday party along with two of her sons and a daughter-in-law.


They said their mother has taught them a lot during her life.


“She taught us to be honest, to be of good character and to be charitable,” Dennis Gagnon said.


County Legislator Fancis Corcoran attended the event and declared Sept. 1, 2017 “Blanche Gagnon Day” in Westchester County.


Gagnon’s advice to others is “don’t get old,” she joked, adding that she really didn’t know what accounted for her longevity.


Caregivers at the center said Gagnon prioritizes her family, is very social and loves going outside. They speculate that her social nature, love of fresh air and strong bonds with family have something to do with her overall well-being.

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