A special birthday celebration in Coon Rapids

There was a special birthday celebration at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Sept. 13.

Dorothy Hall (center) brought Vera Lenz (left), who is 97 years old, and Carol Sundeen (right), who turned 90 in March, to the over 90 birthday celebration hosted by Coon Rapids Senior Services and Coon Rapids Senior Dining at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Sept. 13.

Dorothy Hall (center) brought Vera Lenz (left), who is 97 years old, and Carol Sundeen (right), who turned 90 in March, to the over 90 birthday celebration hosted by Coon Rapids Senior Services and Coon Rapids Senior Dining at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Sept. 13.

Coon Rapids Senior Services and Volunteers of America Coon Rapids Senior Dining honored 10 seniors who were 90 years of age or older.

“We are really happy to have you here,” Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist.

“One person told me they were coming to see what 90 year olds look like.”

They were presented with certificates and entertained by the Goldentones Senior Choir, directed by Betty Orton.

The oldest of the seniors present was Vera Lenz, who is 97 years old.

Gladys Bandimere is 94, but still cuts the lawn at her home with a push mower, she said.

Bandimere said she has lived in Coon Rapids since 1939 and she and her late husband built their home at the intersection of Coon Rapids and Egret boulevards in 1950.

June Hanson, who turned 90 on June 24, wore a tiara that she was presented with by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at a birthday party at Dublin Park apartments, where she has lived for 26 years.

Five of her eight grandchildren, including a grandson and his family from Texas attended, and 11 of her 16 great-grandchildren celebrated with her, Hanson said.

“It was fabulous,” she said.

A surprise 90th birthday party took place at the Coon Rapids American Legion Sept. 8 for Jim Dingle, a World War II veteran who is chaplain of the Legion.

Receiving over 90 certificates were Bandimere, Tony Blake, Norma Danielson, Dingle, Hanson, June Kailer, Lenz, Mildred Meltz, Delisle Minear and Carol Sundeen.

At noon, a Senior Dining lunch was served.

Those attending also received an over 90 newsletter from Coon Rapids Senior Dining.

Under a “Life Begins At 90!” column, the newsletter states, “The first 90 years of your life are the hardest. The second 80 are just a succession of birthday parties.”

In “Thoughts to Ponder,” the newsletter states, “You know you’re getting old when you hear the phone ring on a Saturday night and you hope it’s not for you.”

And this quote, “Why is it that when you are nine, today seems like forever and tomorrow is never, but when you’re 90, tomorrow is already yesterday before you knew it was today?”

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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