June Robbins (née Rocklin), wife of the late Melvin Robbins, celebrated her 90th birthday Sept. 20 at her new residence, WEL Main Line, in Media, with her family and friends, and will celebrate again in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, with family, as well. She is the mother of seven, grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of eight.
June is active in the Senior Community Services Clowns, and volunteers her face-painting at events such as the Juneteenth Celebration in Chester this summer. She participated in the 2016 Delco Senior Games, where she won several medals in her events. She was one of the featured players in Vaudeville, Alive and Kicking through WEL’s theater group.
June was elected Grand Marshall of the 2016 Marple-Newtown Fourth of July Parade, and appeared as Rosie the Riveter. June, who was a “Rosie” during WWII as a draftsman at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and a USO volunteer, is a member of the National Rosie the Riveter Association and “Thanks, Plain and Simple,” which educates the public about these women’s roles and contributions in the war effort. She planted a dogwood tree at WEL in a ceremony honoring all the Rosies. At that time, June was honored by the National Association of Women in Construction. On Labor Day, she gave a lecture on the history of the Rosies, and rang bells at the Liberty Bell in their honor.