BRISBANE woman Anita Biedermann took two years to save enough money to shout her family and friends to a special celebration at the Stamford Plaza for her sixtieth birthday.
But she also wanted to celebrate the importance of faith in her life.
“My birthday fell on Saturday, August 17 and I always go to the Marian Mass Saturday mornings at St Stephen’s Cathedral,” Mrs Biedermann said.
“So I wrote on the invitation to the celebratio, ‘Mass is a must’.
“The whole group of us went to Mass before we had lunch.”
Joining the celebration were her husband Paul and their two adult children.
Her son Peter and wife Marian came with their three children and her daughter Petra and husband Martin with their two children.
Friends of the family also came along to join the celebration.
Mrs Biedermann arrived in Melbourne with her husband and their then two young children from Germany 33 years ago.
They moved to Queensland 20 years ago.
She worked as a nurse at Jimbelunga Nursing Centre Eagleby and husband Paul was a maintenance fitter.
Mrs Biedermann said without her faith over the years “I don’t think I could have survived as well as I did.”