From left: San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, Irene Kratzer and Teresa Barth pose for a photo following a surprise birthday celebration for Kratzer on Tuesday at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. Kratzer, a longtime community volunteer and columnist for The Coast News was surprised when friends and family serenaded her with “Happy Birthday,” and also receiving a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, marking March 23 Irene Kratzer day. Photo by Tony Cagala
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A heartfelt thank you

The Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library, together with the Kratzer family, Craig, Pat, Marc and Diane, and library staff put together an early surprise 85th birthday celebration on Tuesday for me and a surprise it was.

I felt as if I was on “This is Your Life,” (you youngsters won’t remember that program) as old friends and family came strolling through the door of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library Community Room.

I wish to say a heart felt thank you to each and every one who made this such a special event.  Too numerous to mention are all the wonderful folk that I have volunteered with through the years but to each of you, thanks for the cards and gifts and most of all for being there.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident, volunteer and columnist Irene Kratzer shares a moment with friends and family wishing her happy birthday on Tuesday. Photo by Tony Cagala
Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident, volunteer and columnist Irene Kratzer shares a moment with friends and family wishing her happy birthday on Tuesday. Photo by Tony Cagala

Thanks to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for the proclamation presented by Dave Roberts proclaiming March 23 Irene Kratzer day throughout the county of San Diego.

Friends are life’s most precious gift and all of you have touched my life, each in a special way, and know how appreciated and loved you all are.

It was a pleasure to share such a happy event in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the happy place I call home.

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