Lovely Sun Lakes resident Marvine Cirar celebrated her 90th birthday on April 4 with a huge celebration luncheon which she planned for her large extended family and friends in the South Clubhouse.

Traveling all across the country, Marvine greeted her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with the many relatives who all came to wish her an unforgettable 90th birthday celebration. Many of her family were thrilled to greet other members who had not seen each other in a long while because of logistics.

Marvine was thrilled that her oldest son James and his wife Cindy came in from Rochester, Michigan and son Charles Cirar and wife Cathy flew in from Austin, Texas. Several grandchildren from Chicago came to celebrate their grandmother’s big birthday as did her adorable little great grandaughter Alexandra Ball.

There were many, many more relatives and a huge group photo captured a wonderful memory for Marvine to cherish.

Marvine, who was born in Oklahoma on April 16, 1925 has had a very interesting life. She served as a WAC in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II before being married and beginning her family.

She has been widowed twice. She was married for 24 years to her first husband, Dolph Cirar, the father of her children and then was married to her second husband, Mr. Ankenman for many years who sadly passed away, leaving her a widow once again.

She had worked as an office manager for many years in the Whittier area and in 1999 she and her husband moved to Sun Lakes..

After retiring and moving to Sun Lakes, Marvine immediately became involved in volunteer work, serving as a volunteer at the Banning Hospice office for six years.

Due to poor health, it was necessary that Marvine move her husband to The Lakes in 2007 where he resided until he passed away. But, Marvine who is definitely a person who can turn lemons into lemonade became busy with a new cause and she took a chair exercise course called “Fit after Fifty” and became certified from the Riverside County Department of Aging. This has allowed her to teach the course, for the past nine years twice a week from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to the residents of The Lakes.

The Velvet Frogs Barbershop Quartet Les, David, Bill and C.J. performed a wonderful show, full of harmony and energy with the old-time songs we love to hear.

Sun Lakers Gwen and Dave Kelley are long time friends of Marvine’s from Whittier. Dave was a Barbershop singer in Whittier and then, upon moving to Sun Lakes has been singing Barbershop here for about ten years. He sounded good when “The Velvet Frogs” invited Dave to sing with them with very special song they dedicated to Gwen Kelley.

The South Clubhouse was absolutely lovely decorated by Sun Lakes residents Michael and Janice Walsh. Each table carried a centerpiece filled with beautiful fresh roses. White chair covers with pink satin sashes matched the pink napkins and table coverings. Dinner was a full catered luncheon by Thomas Caterers. After dinner, it was time to cut the cake and toast Marvine. The cake was created by our own “ Bob the Cake Man” and was indeed a work of art. Carrying out the theme of roses, the cake held a basketful of roses that looked so real but were in fact, all edible decorations, and of course not only do Bob’s cakes look beautiful they always include surprise fillings and flavors. Absolutely decadent and delicious.

We so admire Marvine and her energetic work. When we called her to verify a few facts for this story, she was rather in a rush as she had to pick up some people and drive them to the Social Singles monthly dinner. She is an amazing woman!

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