Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Neighbors: JoAnn Maciaszek

JoAnn Maciaszek of Basehor.

JoAnn Maciaszek of Basehor.

April 25, 2012

Occupation: Retired and loving it!

Place of birth: Dallas County, Mo. (but never to be confused with a Mizzou fan!)

Family: Husband, Paul; daughter, Connie; granddaughter, Kelsie; son, Nick; daughter-in-law, Jenny; and my hero, our son David, lost to cancer at age 18 in 1994.

Q: When did you move to the Basehor area and what brought you here?

A: We moved to Basehor from Overland Park in 1977. We wanted our children to grow up in open spaces with fresh air. We also wanted to avoid the I-35 commute!

Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

A: Leaving a good job to stay home and raise my children. It turned out to be the best decision that we ever made as a family.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A: My grandfather told me that I could do anything that I wanted to do, if I was willing to work hard and make it happen.

Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?

A: I am an avid reader, an adventurous cook and a quilter, and have been married to my best friend for 38 years. I am also a KU Jayhawk basketball fan, both men’s and women’s teams. (I obviously can’t count!)

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I grew up on a farm, so I knew that I didn’t want to be a farmer. How I ended up on 10 acres in Basehor is a mystery!

Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A: The Rocky Mountains in Colorado during the summer.

Favorites:

Song: “Crying” by K.D. Lang or Roy Orbison

Color: Red

Food: My husband’s grilled salmon or anything on Free State Brewery’s menu!

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