Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

From country to city

October 27, 2005

Lansing resident Darlene Wilk grew up on a dairy farm near Easton.

"I had a great time growing up," she said, "just being able to get out, with creeks and nature."

Wilk said she only sometimes had the proverbial chore of getting up early to milk the cows.

Wilk didn't follow in her parents' steps though, and has worked as an insurance agent for 23 years. Wilk said the best part of the job for her is being able to help people.

"If someone comes to me with a problem, if they can't get insurance, it's very satisfying to know you've helped."

Wilk handles all kinds of insurance, including property, casual life, and health insurance.

"I'm not a person who can be stuck in the office all day," she said, and her job gives her plenty of opportunity to get out, such as when she meets prospective clients.

Wilk is married to State Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and the story behind their marriage could have come from a movie.

The two knew each other when they attended Pleasant Ridge High School, and "he was my first date," Darlene Wilk said.

They met again when Darlene worked on Kenny's re-election campaign 12 years later.

"It was meant to be," she said.

Being married to a legislator can be hectic, especially when the House is in session, Darlene Wilk said, and even more so during re-election campaigns. But, she said, "I've learned a lot and met wonderful people."

Name: Darlene Wilk

Address: 715 Cottonwood Drive

Occupation: Insurance agent with Reilly & Sons, Inc.

Family: Husband, Kenny; son, William

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? I moved to the Lansing area 8 years ago when Kenny and I were married; he already lived here. I was born in Leavenworth County and lived on a farm around the Easton area.

What do you like most about Lansing? The Lansing community is a wonderful place to raise children. We have fantastic schools and wonderful friends and neighbors in the Lansing community.

What do you do for fun? Spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy reading, cooking and going out to dinner to try new restaurants.

What would surprise people about you? That I would like to attend a culinary school someday to become a chef - and publish a cookbook of my favorite recipes.

What's the best advice you ever received? To never lie and always tell the truth. My mother always said that honesty is the best policy.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Leavenworth County Repub-lican Women, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and PEO International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting education for women

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