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Birthdays

June Robbins

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June Robbins (née Rocklin), wife of the late Melvin Robbins, celebrated her 91st birthday Sept. 20 at WEL Main Line, in Media. She is the mother of seven, grandmother of 18, and great-grandmother of eight with one on the way in November.

On Labor Day, at the Liberty Bell, Robbins participated in international bell-ringing in honor of Rosie the Riveters, and was honored by Mayor James Kenney, the Philadelphia Commission for Women and the Girl Scout Robotics Patrol from Delaware County.

Robbins, who was a “Rosie” during World War II 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.” She is active in the Senior Community Services Clowns, and volunteers her face-painting at events in the community. She participated in the 2017 Delco Senior Games, where she won several medals in her events. Robbins is active in WEL’s theater group, doing Guys and Dolls.

Anne Sherman

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Anne Sherman (née Chana Cerebernik), wife of the late Archie Sherman, celebrated her 105th birthday on May 7.

Her life began in Kiev in 1912, and she grew up in Yurovitch with her grandparents until the pogroms became too threatening. With her mother, Esther, and sister, Bess, she escaped to freedom in Canada to join her father, Nathan. Annie met Archie during a trip to Philadelphia and married him on Valentine’s Day in 1941.

In Philadelphia, her family grew to include children Essie, Bill and Karen. Years later, Annie became grandma to Meredith, Jessica, Alex and Hara and great-grandma to Ariel, Salomé, Scheherazade, Octavian and Judd.

Annie is full of beauty, light, wisdom, perseverance, hope, strength, faith, energy, tenderness, laughter and love. She is an inspiration to her friends and family.

Eleanor Rothstein

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Eleanor Rothstein, of Jenkintown,  celebrated her 100th birthday on April 17. She celebrated with her husband of 76 years, Norman Rothstein, who turned 100 years old in December.

Sharing in her celebration are her daughters and her son-in-law, Rita and Stephen Span of Richboro and Nina Forman of Jenkintown.

Eleanor celebrated with her grandsons, Scott Span and Ron Romanski of Potomac, Md. Also celebrating this special birthday are grandchildren Howard and Phyllis Forman of Johnstown and Renee and David Rubenstein of Bryn Mawr.

Making Eleanor’s 100th birthday even more special was celebrating with her four great-grandchildren, Andrew Forman (26), Robyn Rubenstein (25), Alyson Forman (23) and Daniel Rubenstein (22).

 

Mark Allen Snyder

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Robin and Ira Sherman of Langhorne wish a happy first birthday to our grandson, Mark Allen Snyder (Moshe Avraham).

Mark is the son of Madeline (née Sherman) and Frank Snyder of Cherry Hill, N.J., and the baby brother of Allyson Florence.

Sharing in the fun is grandmother Bernadette Snyder of Ventnor, N.J.

Joining in the celebration are great Aunt Cindy Glass; Aunt Lauren Chait and Uncle Howard Sherman, along with cousins Matthew and Benjamin Sherman; Aunt Carrie and Uncle Peter Wiesel, and cousins Elyse, Hillary and Phillip Wiesel.

Mark Allen is named in loving memory of his maternal great-grandfathers, Morris Glass and Morton Sherman, his paternal great-grandmother, Mary Balkjy, and his paternal grandfather, Allen Snyder. Mark was adored by his recently passed great-grandmother, Beverly Glass.

Sterling Meir Remsen Joffe

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Sterling Meir Remsen Joffe, son of Amy Remsen and Blake Joffe, of Oakland, Calif., celebrated his second birthday on Dec. 6 with his parents, his “GloMom” Gloria Joffe of Havertown, friend Sloane Heffernan and many other friends.

His “Pap Pap” John and “Gammy” Cheryl Remsen of York; great-grandmom “Savta” June Robbins of Media; Aunt Jennifer Joffe and Uncle Robert Vick of Kansas City, Mo.; and Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Nichole Remsen and cousins Azlyn and Nova of South Carolina sent him birthday wishes, as did all his other “back East” family. Sterling is the grandson of the late Meir Joffe, and great-grandson of the late Melvin Robbins.

 

Sydney Gottenberg

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Sydney Gottenberg of North Wales was recently honored on the occasion of his 89th birthday with a luncheon attended by more than 25 members of his family and friends. The affair was held at P.J. Whelihan’s in Blue Bell on Oct. 30.

The party was hosted by his children: Susan (Bruce) Bailey of Chalfont, Lawrence (Alicia) Gottenberg of Rockville, Md., and Scott F. Gottenberg of North Wales.

Also in attendance were his grandchildren: Matthew, Diana and Lila Gottenberg; Michael (Lorraine) Bailey; and great-grandson James Bailey.

June Robbins

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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.

June Robbins

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June Robbins (nee Rocklin), of Broomall, wife of the late Melvin Robbins, celebrated her 89th birthday on September 20th, with a flight in a B-24,  the plane in which her husband served in the U. S. Navy as a starboard waist machine gunner over the English Channel during WWII.
She also celebrated with a family gathering in Isles of Palms, SC with daughter Gloria Joffe, grandchildren Jennifer Joffe, Blake Joffe, great-grandson Sterling Joffe and other family members.  She celebrated with family, back at home, as well.
June won several medals at the Delco Senior Games this past June.  She taught a class on Humor at the DCCC Elder Week.  She has been an active volunteer as a clown, through Senior Community Services.
June Robbins represented the “Rosies” (Rosie the Riveter), of WWII when the Dutch government honored her and several other women who contributed to the War effort.
The Embassy of the Netherlands, in D.C., invited her to Holland where she was honored, on behalf of all the Rosies, at the WWII museum in Groesbeek, The Netherlands.
She met King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at Arlington Cemetery, in D. C., where they honored the Rosies and the 82nd Airborne for saving the lives of their citizens through Operation Chowhound’s food drop.
June is the mother of 7, grandmother of 18, and great-grandmother of 8.