Holy smoke! Anne Strelic turned 90!

Anne Strelic celebrated her 90th birthday in what turned out to literally be a barn-burner of a party, Friday night.

Anne Strelic

Anne Strelic

Anne Strelic celebrated her 90th birthday in what turned out to literally be a barn-burner of a party, Friday night.

There were so many candles on her birthday cake — ninety of them, to be exact — that when she blew them out the smoke from the candles set off the fire alarms at the Aldergrove Legion hall.

Almost 100 partiers had to evacuate the building and await the arrival of the Aldergrove Fire Hall crew, to clear the alarm and allow everyone back inside.

“It was a very unexpected event,” said Strelic’s daughter, Gerlyn Winkelaar. “When the 90 candles were blown out the fire alarm went off and we all had to evacuate the building and my mom thought it was a joke. The firemen came out and were good sports about it, and stuck around for a little, wished my Mom happy birthday. Everyone was taking pictures of my Mom with the firemen.”

Anne Strelic with her birthday cake and 90 candles.

Anne Strelic (centre) had a surprise visit from Aldergrove Fire Hall #3 at her 90th birthday party.

Anne Strelic: Legionnaire celebrates her 90th birthday

Anne Strelic celebrated her 90th birthday this past week.

Married to Jerry Strelic, Anne (Kozar, maiden name) was the third-born child out of 12 on a farm in Script, Saskatchewan. She was born in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan on March 13, 1925.

She met Jerry Strelic at age 15 and courted for seven years, and they married when she was 22. On November 8, 2015 they will have been married for 68 years.

At age 17 she went to Toronto and worked in a war factory, making bullets until the Second World War ended in 1945.

She has three children; Diane, Brian and Gerlyn. To date she also has 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

Jerry and Anne have been residing in their three bedroom house in West Abbotsford since 2004.

She has been involved with the Aldergrove Legion for 35-plus years and always is there to help anyone in need.

Anne has one of the best kept landscape yards and vegetable garden. They entertain every weekend and playing cards is a must in their household.

Birthday party was held at the Aldergrove Legion, March 13, and there were approximately 80 guests.

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