COSTA MESA — Bernadette "Miss Bernie" Loeffler celebrated her 90th birthday Thursday by coming to work at Kaiser Elementary School's snack bar just like she has done for the last 15 years.
After all, somebody has to make sure the kids eat no more than two cookies.
"I love them," Loeffler said, in her faint Boston accent. "They are all my cookiefaces, as I call them."
The Costa Mesa resident celebrated her milestone birthday with cake and presents from her colleagues, handmade cards and hugs from students, and a colorful birthday banner hung over her snack bar.
"She's a trooper," said Kathi Doran, the nutrition services cafeteria manager. "She's 90, but she acts like she's 40, 50. She's nonstop."
Loeffler has served as a nutrition services assistant since she became bored with retirement and applied for a job with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's nutrition program in 1974. She was one of 27 employees districtwide to be honored with a Super Star Award for service in May.