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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILPauline (Pidstawski) Takacs celebrates her 100th birthday with family — her daughter Nancy Husak and her husband, Ihor (left), and her son Charles Takacs and his wife, Joan — Feb. 6 at Renaissance Assisted Living, Northampton. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILPauline (Pidstawski) Takacs celebrates her 100th birthday with family — her daughter Nancy Husak and her husband, Ihor (left), and her son Charles Takacs and his wife, Joan — Feb. 6 at Renaissance Assisted Living, Northampton.

Celebrating a century

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton resident recalls memories of life in Valley

On Feb. 6, Pauline (Pidstawski) Takacs took a breather from her stay at the Renaissance Assisted Living facility in Northampton to celebrate her 100th birthday, surrounded by family and friends.

Takacs is a lifelong resident of Northampton and the oldest resident at the assisted living center, 1001 Washington Ave. Her parents, Harry and Anna Pidstawski, emigrated from the Ukraine in 1911. Pauline is one of seven children.

Pauline married Charles Takacs in 1937 and resided on 11th Street. They had two children, Nancy and Charles Jr. She has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pauline started work at Universal Pants Company in 1935. She made military uniforms during World War II and retired in 1981.

She is a member of St. John the Baptist Church. She was an active member of the St. John’s Ladies Society, helping the church with fundraisers and pierogi sales.

With 100 years of experience, Pauline took a few trolley rides and remembers celebrating indoor plumbing and taking a ride in a Model T truck. She has some noteworthy stories about the Great Depression and Prohibition. She remembers when the Roxy gave away free dishes on Tuesdays. She and her husband took a memorable trip to the Holy Lands in Italy and Israel.

The family planned a private dinner to celebrate this memorable birthday milestone.