Thelma Gainer of Elkins was honored with a surprise birthday brunch for her 90th birthday while attending her grandson’s wedding on Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
The brunch took place at Caribesea Restaurant and was hosted by her children and grandchildren. The brunch was attended by both family and friends who were there to attend the wedding of Ryan Gainer and Amanda Tomblyn.
Mrs. Gainer was born Oct. 28, 1927, a daughter of Adonajah and Ocie Gordon Isner.
On May 13, 1946, she was married to the late Glenn Gainer Jr.
She has eight children: four sons, Del (Janet) of Clarksburg, John (Susie) and Jay (Karen) both of Elkins, and the late Phil Gainer (Tammy) of Elkins; and four daughters, Brenda Brown (Bill), Nancy Saffel (David) and Leslie Louk (Phil), all of Elkins, and Julie Cassera (Al) of Fairfield, New Jersey.
She has 17 grandchildren: Janelle Paul (Larry), Toni Ness (Andrew), Alex Zopp (Bart), Seth Gainer, Nathan Gainer (Chera), Taira Landevere (Austin), Rob Saffel (Desi), Heather Saffel, Kurt Gainer (Lindsay), Ryan Gainer (Amanda), Matt Cassera (Ashley), Mark Cassera (Jamie), Ali Cassera, Amanda Cassera, Cody Gainer, Colby Gainer and the late Del Gainer II. She has 12 great-grandchildren: Maya, Tory and Zane Paul, Alexander and Laurel Ness, Jarrette and Kaci Zopp, Railyn Gainer, Victoria Saffel and Lilly Barnes, Kane Gainer, and Addie Cassera. She will be adding another great-grandchild in May.
She retired from Hecks and also worked at the former Dari-Delite. She and her husband also ran the concession at the former Elkins Drive In. She attends Otterbein Methodist Church.