Los Altos resident Frank Mike Mazzola turned 100 Oct. 1. While he did not get his picture on a Smucker’s Jam Jar for his 100th birthday, he celebrated locally at three special parties.
It all started with his family on his birthday. Then his neighborhood, Woodland Acres, marked the occasion with a house party. The festivities ended Oct. 12 with his friends gathering at St. Simon Catholic Parish for a party and Mazzola singing his favorite Italian song – in Italian, of course.
Mazzola has been a longtime resident of Los Altos, living in the same house in Woodland Acres since 1955, with the “love of his life,” his wife, Kay.
Mazzola was born in the city of San Fernando in Los Angeles County. His parents were Italian, and he was bilingual in English and Italian by the time he entered first grade. He still speaks Italian fluently. He moved to Mountain View in the early 1950s and worked at Lockheed Martin for many years, until he retired in 1984.
An avid gardener, Mazzola was the “official” gardener for the Woodland Acres Neighborhood Association for many years, proud of keeping the entrance and center strips in the neighhood in pristine condition.
He recently passed the gardening baton to another association resident.
Within the past few years, Mazzola finally broke down and hired his own gardener. He still works in his yard pruning and clipping, but he said it is wonderful to have the gardener come and pick up his mess.
The Mazzolas have been active members of St. Simon Catholic Parish since the church was built in 1957, along with participating in the Sunnyvale Elks Club and other local organizations.
The centenarian attributes his longevity to his healthy lifestyle, which includes no smoking or drinking, exercising on a regular basis and eating three meals a day.
His advice to young people is to get a great education.