Joined by family and friends, Emil Gruna celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday, February 15, at a lunch at the Pickle Patch restaurant in San Andreas. He was born on February 11, 1914, and was raised in Rosholt, Wisconsin. World War II found him and his family moving to Southern California to support the war effort. After his retirement from Lockheed Aviation, he was able to pursue as a hobby his talent in woodworking. He moved to Mountain Ranch in the early 1970s and still lives in the same house.
Friends and neighbors sharing in the celebration included Marge Mobley, Jon and Janet Kramer, Carl and Johanna Scheafer, Sally Maxwell and Dean Santner, Kathy Dietrich, Lucy Burt, and Dave and Roberta Bean. Son Jack and granddaughter Sharon of Montana and grandson Joe of New Jersey and their families were unable to attend.
Seated, Emil Gruna. Left to right standing: Mike Echave, daughter Mary Bissonnette, granddaughter Nicki Bissonnette, granddaughter Loni Martin, Rich Matheson, great grandsons Remy Martin and Aaron Bissonnette, Grayson Mobley, great granddaughter Ryan Bissonnette, and grandson Jeff Bissonnette.