St John's Hospital, in 1962, we lived in Wellston till I was 4 then moved
to Hillsdale on 67th St. for the remainder of my childhood. I graduated
Normandy Senior High in 1980. My most influential teachers were my 1st grade,
6th grade, and World History-Mr. Masterson.
My dad was a laborer for the Teamster's Local 688, many a vacation was
spent at Camp Pevely, my love of Horses came from there. My mom was a
Homemaker, till the later 70's, then when she did go to work it was with
Landmark Bank in Wellston-now known as Regions Bank. She moved to St.
Ann shortly after she began working for the Division of Family
Services, on Page, where she retired from about 12 years ago. My
grandmother spent her entire career working with the General's, at the Federal Record
Center Building on Page, Grandma spent her last days with us here in
St. Ann, I wouldn’t have missed that last year with her for anything. Funny story
– the night before she passed, we were watching a Halloween movie, she got up
to go to bed and said, “isn’t that just so special – I can’t believe they put
that on TV” We asked what Grandma? She said, “Baby Jesus being born”, with a
smile. That was the last time I got to speak with her but such a wonderful
In high school I played 4 years of Volleyball, did Shot Putt & Discus Throw
for Track, and was manager for the Basketball Team (5'4"), I sang high
soprano in the choir...Our marching band got to march in the Orange Bowl
Parade, and the choir got to sing in the Daytona Band Shell on Daytona Beach,
As a child, we spent most of our time shopping at Northwest Plaza-"The
biggest and the Best"-if anyone remembers that theme song. NWP use to be
the largest mall in the United States at one time. We ate many a meal in the
old Woolworth's Cafeteria-I loved that BBQ sandwich.
job was an Asst. Dispatcher for the Hillsdale Police Dept. at 15 1/2- a summer
program the City of Hillsdale participated in, for the youth.
My favorite job as a teenager though had to be working for the Airway Twin
Drive-In. This St. Ann favorite use to be located, across from where Waffle House is now. The people who lived in the house
at the back of the drive-in use to take
care of it after hours and quite a few of our St. Ann Police Officers got their
start in security patrolling the drive-in, kicking out the kids caught hiding
in the trunks and keeping the customers safe. What great memories I have from
working there. It was a sad day, when me & fellow employees had to clean up
for the last time at Airway, we sent her out right though at the end of the
night lighting up the billboard & entry way-that we now enjoy nightly as
the "Airway Girl" (old Schnucks) sign.
My best friend met her 1st husband there, and prior to meeting my own husband,
I resided with them here in St. Ann on Krem Ct.
I knew then that this was the area I wanted to bring my own kids up in someday
and when I met my, "Mr. Dream Come True......" that is exactly what
we have done.
concerns then, (I should say mine as my husband graduated Ritenour) were
only the school district as the home we located was perfect & of course, I
was a Normandy grad. (When I was in school Normandy & Ritenour were at the
top of the ladder in schools to attend-and we were very competitive against
each other-anyone remember the Wagon Wheel game?)
We checked out Ritenour and were quite happy with all the information we
learned about them, and still are.
We moved in April 7th, of 1992. Which is kind of funny as I started work with
the Airway Drive-In on April 1st as a teen. April seems to be my renewal month,
When I decided to accept the offer to be a Crew Chief with Wendy's Restaurant
on Page, I had no idea it would develop into my career for the next 23 yrs.
Most do not consider the fast-food manager to be a very educated position.
in my time with Wendy's and Hardee's, I attended many Management Training
Courses, etc... Being the General Manager, is exactly like running your own
business. One has to:
develop and meet their own Profit
and Loss Statement's(budgets),
figure out how to make a profit through proper management of:
Repairs & Maintenance,
GM must track and maintain their own Inventory,
Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable,
they are held accountable
for their Human Resource skills- hiring,
proper paperwork/personnel manual and
We are met with Health Inspections
Fire Inspections, etc...
I even learned a lot about Equipment Maintenance thru talking to
my repair men, and
Pest Control talking to the guy who performed this for me.
This job was quite
the challenge and very fun it incorporated
everything, I loved...Math, Staying Busy, People,
-unfortunately an ankle
injury (triple break) ended my ability to
continue in this field-as if one is to do the job properly, I
would compare it to being a Tennis player, constantly switching motion
left-right, forward-backward on your feet all day and the ankle just could not
handle that any longer. (that's what I get for trying to show off, on my
daughter's 1st Kindergarten skate night)
I get the
same rewards in what I do now, just not quite as much running around.
family, you see them above- 2 beautiful daughters and a husband who is
supportive and that I Love with all my heart.
Stephanie a 1st Grade Teacher at Marvin Elementary, a National Champion
with Kentucky Christian University Volleyball 2014, married to Antonio Puzzo
with my 2 Grandkids Isabella 4 and James 1 in this pic above.
youngest Jessica works in Accts. Payable for Jarrell
Construction. She too played Volleyball and her club team placed 7th
in the Nation. Her husband Kevin Dane is my new son in law! As
I said above, my husband is "My Dream Come True..." ask me sometime
and I will tell you the story, but it is too long to place here.
However, Yes, he
is the 2nd cousin of the St. Louis City-Mayor Poelker, who is
probably best known for his days as Comptroller of St. Louis City. Pretty much,
if the last name of someone you may know is Poelker, they are related to us.
I don't know how much more you may want to hear about my life, but as you can
tell, I have spent most of it here in St. Ann-one way or
another-which is why I care so much to assist in its revival and make sure it
never falls short of success again.
I am not
going to pretend like I know everything to do, but I will use our City
Administrator, my past experiences, the knowledge of our Board Members and you - the citizens advice/questions/concerns-to
guide my way thru it. I will not be a politician. You cannot say one thing and
another in my book. And if I don't know something I am not afraid to admit it,
I will follow up with someone that does know the answer.
good leader does not need to know all the answers...but they do have to know
how to find them.
once afraid to coach volleyball, i knew how to play it, but not coach it. One
of St. Ann's prior swim coaches taught me how to coach it, and that led to
leading my own club...
continue to interact with you on social media, so I can stay in touch and in tune
to what you the residents want in a city from the Senior needs to those needs
of our younger residents and families.