Marcelle Karam, a resident of EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne in Pittsfield, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday with residents, staff and her family.
Karam was born in France in 1912 and spent her early childhood raised by a foster family there. She recalls World War I and fleeing incoming Germans by traveling along railroad tracks at night and hiding during the day. After the war, she lived in France until she moved to the United States in 1922.
Karam worked at General Electric during WWII where she met her husband. They had three sons, Edward, John and Paul. She worked as a homemaker for much of her adult life, but after her husband passed away, she became a co-owner and manager of an apartment complex in Dalton and also managed a property in Pittsfield.
Karam remembers her foster family and time in Paris fondly. She can sometimes be heard by EPOCH at Mel bourne residents and guests singing French songs from her childhood. She also enjoys frequent scenic drives in the Berkshires with her family.
To celebrate her 100th birthday, Karam’s sons also took her out to lunch.