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Amherst centenarian counts 17 great-grandchildren, including gold medalist

An Amherst woman who celebrated her 106th birthday on April 5 was honored last week by the Town Board.

Celestine "Sally" Siemenkowski Szemenciak lived in Sloan for nearly 100 years before moving to Amherst in 2015. In addition to her five children, she has eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Her great-granddaughter, Emily Pfalzer of Getzville, played on the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team that recently won the gold medal.

After attending a one-room school house in Bellevue, she was employed as a stenographer in the Welfare and Tax Department of Erie County, Senior Clerk in the Tax Office of Cheektowaga, court stenographer for the Village of Sloan and owned and operated the Cedar Inn in Sloan with her second husband, Peter Szemenciak. She was also an air-raid warden during World War II.

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