Jackson woman celebrates 106th birthday; baby born surrounded by lucky number

Jackson woman celebrates 106th birthday; baby born surrounded by lucky number





JACKSON — Pauline Vallon has lived more than a century, and spent much of that time devoted to helping many others in Ocean County.

Vallon, who emigrated to the United States from Russia as a baby, celebrated her 106th birthday on Wednesday surrounded by her family at the Care One retirement home in Jackson.

Born Pauline Moroff before taking her husband’s name, Vallon spent years working in Lakewood hotels that her family owned, said granddaughter Heidi Vallon, 50, of Mahopac, N.Y. The family owned The New Lakewood Hotel and the Oak Court Hotel through the mid 20th century, she said.

“She was very hard-working,” said granddaughter Arlene Putnam of Montclair.

Vallon’s family attributes the former Lakewood resident’s longevity to positive attitude, her spirit of generosity and devotion to charity.

“She was very committed to helping people,” said friend Reise Sweet of Lakewood, who attended the same temple as Vallon.

Vallon spent much of her life raising money for Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, as well as Temple Beth Am in Lakewood, Kimball Medical Center and other organizations.

No strict dietary or health rules lead to Vallon’s longevity, family members said. She ate richly and cooked with butter egg yolks, they said.

“All fattening stuff,” said Putnam, her granddaughter. “Her favorite spice was salt.”

A breast cancer survivor who outlived her only son, Vallon was determined to keep a positive outlook on life, relatives and friends said.

“She is really a magnificent woman for her time,” said Carolyn Hair, 55, of Carmel, N.Y., who is a friend of the family. “She’s just a force to be reckoned with.”

December 27, 2012 | Posted by careone | Filed in News