Birthdays. Everyone has them.
But not everyone can say they have celebrated a triple-digit birthday.
George Mosebar can and that is what he did this last weekend. The Redmond resident turned 100 on March 26, and on March 24, the Redmond Senior Center (RSC) marked his century of life with a special celebration.
In addition to some cake and a little bit of singing, the RSC presented Mosebar — who has been volunteering in the senior center’s kitchen for more than 16 years — with a proclamation from Redmond Mayor John Marchione as well as birthday wishes from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
In his letter to Mosebar, the governor wrote that the centenarian has “enriched many lives over the years, and (his) experiences are part of the very tapestry of our state and nation.”
“Your recollections of a rich and full life are truly priceless treasures,” Inslee wrote. “I am sure your loved ones value your wisdom, and I hope you realize the significance of the legacy you have been building over these many years.”
Murray wrote that it was an honor to wish Mosebar a happy 100th birthday and said he was an inspiration to all.
“I want to offer you my best wishes for a happy and special day spent with your family and friends,” she wrote.
Mosebar grew up in Yakima. His father was a farmer in the Yakima Valley, where Mosebar helped him.
“In those days, it was horse-drawn farming equipment,” said Mosebar’s son David Mosebar.
George met his first wife Jennie Veals — David’s mother — at the age of 17. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. After he was discharged, George returned to Yakima to work on his family’s farm for a while and then started his own real estate business before moving to Sequim. George had his own real estate business there as well, which he retired from at the age of 65 — 35 years ago.
David said his parents then traveled in a motor home around the country, even taking their motor home up to Alaska.
George moved to Redmond about 18 years ago, where David and his brother were already living, after his wife died.
David said his father soon began volunteering at RSC. George’s duties in the kitchen have ranged from washing the dishes to making coffee.
Karen Phillips, a program coordinator at the RSC, said George initially started coming to the senior center for their lunch program.
“That just took him out of his shell,” she said.
And while he participated in various programs such as dances at the RSC, Phillips said his focus has been pretty much volunteering although he has had to scale back a bit over the years.
“He deserves a medal,” she said.
George has also trained others to do these tasks and mostly supervises nowadays, David said.
“He has his standards,” said Teri Burke, another program coordinator for the RSC, about George training others.
George said one of the reasons he has continued to volunteer at the RSC and one of his favorite things about the center is the camaraderie he has found there.
David said they have treated George like family at the center.
“I would attribute that to his longevity,” David said.
George even met his second wife Helen Coffman. They married when he was 87 and she was 90 years old.
This feeling of family was reflected at George’s birthday celebration as there were dozens in attendance, many of whom made sure to wish him a happy birthday. One of his well wishers even asked him how he got to 100.
“It’s been difficult,” George replied without missing a beat.