BLOOMINGTON — Alpha Josephine Oesch Sweeney of Bloomington celebrated her 90th birthday Jan. 27 at the Knights of Columbus, Bloomington.

She was born Jan. 25, 1928, in the family home in Bloomington. She married Robert J. Sweeney on March 15, 1945. He passed away April 1, 1975. Her siblings are her twin sister, Ada Peasley, Stuart, Iowa, and Ida Meihsner and Dorthy Neal, both of Bloomington.

Her children are William Patrick; Susan Kaye, deceased; Robert Michael (Trevia); Timothy Mark (late, Sharon); Vicki Anne (Morris); Kathryn Christine, deceased; Christopher Francis, deceased; and Mary Kerry (Kevin). She has 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She worked at Roland's in downtown Bloomington for 10 years and Milner Library at Illinois State University for 18 years. She enjoys reading mysteries and other good books and listening to good music, especially Frank Sinatra. She loved driving her car and enjoys springtime.