LONGMEADOW — In recognition of Longmeadow’s oldest town resident, the Longmeadow Select Board and Adult Center presented the Golden Cane award to 103-year-old Selma Paroshinsky, a resident of Ruth’s House – An Assisted Living Residence, a program of Jewish Geriatric Services.
Richard Foster, chair of the Longmeadow Select Board, Selectwoman Marie Angelides and Amy Saada, director of the Longmeadow Adult Center, made the presentation with family, friends and staff present. Selma also received a proclamation in recognition of her longtime residence and volunteerism in Springfield from Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, who declared Sunday, April 19, 2015 Selma Paroshinksy Day in Springfield.
Selma Paroshinsky has been a resident of Longmeadow since 1980. Before that she lived in Springfield for 68 years. An active member of the community, she volunteered at several organizations including Springfield Library Association, Temple Beth El, the Springfield Jewish Community Center and Hadassah.
A graduate of Commerce High School in 1929, Selma began working as a bookkeeper, first at Belmont Laundry and then at Kimball Furniture Company. Later she was office manager for a pediatric dental practice, which was owned by her nephews.
She was married to Milton Webber, a local wholesale meat salesman, for 44 years before he passed away. Together they had a daughter, Rachel. Selma now has three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In 1980, she married Longmeadow attorney Arthur Paroshinsky. Arthur passed away in 1988, but she remains close to her stepdaughter Margie, her husband Don, their three children and their grandchildren.
“For more than a century Jewish Geriatric Services has been the proud caretaker of the elderly in our local community,” said Martin W. Baicker, president and chief executive officer of JGS. “We are honored to be Selma’s ‘home away from home,’ and proud to celebrate her milestone achievement.”
Family members and JGS staff gathered as 103-year-old Selma Paroshinsky was presented with the Golden Cane Award by Richard Foster, chair of the Longmeadow Select Board.