Look who Turned 100 – Pelham’s Mary Tomaski Celebrates the Century Mark

April 8, 2016



Mary Tomaski holds a baby goat born just one week ago.

Mary Tomaski holds a baby goat born just one week ago.

U.S. statistics for 1916 show that Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall were president and vice president respectively; the population was 101,961,000; the Easter Rebellion in Ireland was put down by British troops; the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents; and the 20th Boston Marathon was won by Arthur Roth of Massachusetts with a time of 2:27:16.4.  And then came Mary.

Pelham resident Mary (Kaupinis) Tomaski was born on April 4, 1916.  In her early years, Mary lived in Methuen, Mass., attended Searles High School, worked at Sears business offices and then returned to school for further training in business.  Next, she went on to New York to work for the government during World War II and then in Boston in 1942 where she handled transportation logistics for the soldiers, making sure they arrived at the correct military camp.

Mary married and had one child, Linda, who she lives with in an in-law apartment.  Although she needs some assistance with household chores, she still maintains a fierce independence and insists on making her own bed daily.  She enjoys crossword puzzles and feeding the birds outside.  Mary loves her cat, Manny, and is often seen taking small walks outside with him.

Congratulations, Mary, you are truly blessed.  You have 10 decades of great memories to cherish.  Happy 100th birthday!