I’d like to think I’m a “creative” person. I decorate cakes and made one of my son’s wedding cakes (27 cake mixes) and also my stepdaughter’s (11 cake mixes), grandsons (28 cake mixes) and many showers and birthday cakes. I also sew and have a green thumb—house plants, and an herb garden now, and when I lived in Overbrook, I had a huge vegetable garden. I remember one summer I canned 75 quarts of green beans! My creativity was passed on to both my boys. One is a landscaper with a creative mind, and the other a graphic designer with a flare for instant ideas and wowing people often!
A lot of persons have had an impact on my life, but as most people would admit, “my parents had the most—with giving me a good start in life”. I never really had a hero or wonder woman I wanted to be like. My first boss, after becoming an adult myself, and entering the working world, Cliff Fischer, gave me the opportunity to make something of myself, so he was very important. I’d have to say the next person I really looked up to, first for advice because he was so smart and knowledgeable was Howard. He became my best friend and partner for life.
I did attend family reunions, first as a young child. They were on my mother’s side with the Kraft’s, the Kersten’s, the Wombles, and the Mangold’s and were held at the city park in Lyndon. As I got older I remember reunions on my Dad’s side in Manhatten, Kansas with the Laue’s, the Oldhe’s, the Osterich’s from Washington County, Kansas. And after I became an adult the Laue cousins would get together every other year: the Masenthin’s, the Haufler’s, the Anshutz’s, the McIntosh’s, and Eilert’s. I remember going to Texas for a special one when I was going through my divorce. It made me feel like I was surrounded by family during a very trying time.