Longtime Warren resident Sophie Salamon received a warm welcome by approximately 90 relatives and close friends in celebration of her centennial celebration.
Sophie T. Salamon had no idea what she was in for when she was escorted inside the confines of the Bristol VFW Post 237 Hall Sunday afternoon. The longtime Warren resident was about to receive a warm welcome by approximately 90 relatives and close friends in celebration of her 100th birthday.
“She was genuinely surprised,” assessed nephew Michael Salamon, who together with many of his cousins and other family members helped organize this wonderful tribute to a great lady. “I know how much she has meant to everyone in this hall.”
Born on Nov. 18, 1922, Sophie is the daughter of the late Michael and Katherine (Pesula) Salamon and is the sister of three brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Francis. She graduated from Warren High School in 1940 as the Class Salutatorian.
Sophie made her mark in the business world starting as an employee at the former Crown Fastener after high school, and later working as a payroll clerk at Brown and Mathew’s. Sophie also retired after 38 years as a bank officer at Industrial National Bank, Fleet Bank, and Bank of America.
A very religious person, Sophie helped start the St. Casimir’s Club and was treasurer and active in that club for 25 years. She was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 20 years, also serving as a lector.
Once she entered the VFW Hall, Sophie broke into a few tears and was overwhelmed by all the activity that was in progress.
“I’m stunned,” she admitted. “I never expected anything like this.” When asked how she felt about turning 100 years of age, she said she didn’t feel any different.
Currently residing at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Nursing Home in East Providence, Sophie sat back in her chair of honor at her party, complete with crown and sash, and marveled at all those who took the time to remember her on this very special occasion.
Michael Salamon said it best in conclusion. “My aunt means so much to every single person in this room. We were happy to be able to do this for her on her 100th birthday. Her smile says it all.”