Happy B’day to newly minted nonagenarian G. J. “Mitch” Micheletti who was surprised with a birthday party given by son Rick and Jane Micheletti, grandson Ryan and granddaughter Amber.

Approximately 200 partyers lit up La Marque’s Community Center at Carbide Park. Mitch proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and later the Air Force Reserve. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, then did a 40-year stint at the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Among the SRO crowd were sisters Lydia O’Brien, Lillian Lambert, Ruth McMillan with her husband, Bill, and Dianne Flyn with her husband, Huey; brothers Andrew, Willi Mae and Richard Micheletti; and cuzzins Norma Butler, Vincent and Carolyn Ciabattoni.

Margie Holst, Perlie Fuch, Bobby and Louise Gutenberg and daughter Martha Ann and Nathan Cashion — Mitch’s in-laws through his late wife Ruby — enjoyed the tributes made by Chief of Police Ron Morales, Bobby Earl Crowson and Mitch’s childhood family friend Maestro Frank Incaprera Jr. of the Galveston Beach Band.

Sending their love were sisters Gloria Sylvernale and her husband, Bob, and Jo Ann Powell. Great having community leader Chuck and Mary Ellen Doyle, and their son, Mayor Matt Doyle of Texas City and friends from Texas First, the Dickinson Knights of Columbus, of which Mitch was once Grand Knight, and members of the Dickinson Citizens Police Patrol.

This party was a big surprise and a truly beautiful special occasion for Mitch on his 90th birthday.

Another great party for another great guy, Bill Ross celebrated his retirement. It also was a going away party of sorts, because Bill is moving home to Florida.

Present were board and advisers and, of course, Bill’s Penny. It was a bittersweet farewell — Bill made a huge impact on The Grand and all of Galveston with his willingness to help in whatever way was needed.

He brought such class and grace, not to mention costumes, to the table appearing as Elvis in The Grand’s audience more than once.

He was presented with a set of souvenir cups, which are currently used at The Grand, so he and Penny can raise a toast to their Galveston friends while they’re enjoying a round of golf. He also was presented with a signed Pam Heidt print that was commissioned for our centennial, so he’ll always have The Grand in his home and his heart.

Midsummer B’day kids are Tristan Robinson, son of the lovely Divafave Lynette Morales Robinson, InBetween’s guru Steve Long, our glorious leader Dolph’s boy Jay Tillotson, Harry Abbott, Gale Backe, Debbie Gremillion and Joanie W. McLeod.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to divascenes@aol.com or call 409-744-6540.

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