Happy Birthday Ruberta!
Let's hear it for Ruberta Weaver, who is celebrating her 100th birthday today, August 4, 2016.
She has seen many changes since she was born in 1916 in Berkeley, CA, where her father was a local elementary school principal. World War I was raging, but mostly she remembers playing on the Berkeley campus and sailing boats with her brother down Strawberry Creek.
After her mother died when she was four, Ruberta and her brother lived for time with her paternal grandparents on a farm in Clovis, with no plumbing, no electricity and no running water. But she learned to love the outdoors there and that continued when her father became a Park Naturalist at Yosemite and they spent summers in the Park.
She wound up back at Berkeley after high school (tuition was $19 a semester then), and after earning a degree in public speaking, she earned a master's degree in oral interpretation at the University of Wisconsin, where she also met her husband, John.
Married in 1940, and with World War II looming, John became a second lieutenant in the Navy and Ruberta and their two sons moved around to Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and back to Wisconsin and then to California and USC, where John pursued his career in teaching and academic administration.
president of the USC Faculty Women's Club and Town and Gown. Locally, she served on the advisory board for the Salvation Army, was president of her homeowner's association and has been active in the Neighborhood Church, singing in the choir and appearing in the Christmas pageants. She also enjoys opera, the LA Phil, the film society and activities at the Palos Verdes Library.
Meanwhile, Ruberta was busy too. She served as
Obviously, at 100, Ruberta still is going strong. Friends, neighbors and everyone at the Village send her congratulations and tons of Happy Birthday wishes!
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Photos by Norm Zareski