Q & A

September 29, 2014

Wendy Stehly, secretary in Community Programs, was tagged by last week's Q&A subject Marlene Lakey.Wendy Stehly and her husband Chuck

 When I'm not at NCC, you can find me: When I'm not working, I love being with my family and my dog, Lucy. My husband and I enjoy cooking for family and friends and often have folks over for dinner and great conversation. I enjoy taking photos so I can look back and remember great moments in life. I also like taking walks on sunny days and reading books on a rainy day.

The last book I read was: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

Are you married? Yes, I am married to my best friend, Chuck Stehly, for 31 years.

Do you have children? Yes.  My son, Rob, is 28 and my daughter, Christine, is 29. My son married his wife, Dorothy this past April and my daughter will marry her fiancée', Kevin in April 2015. 

What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you? Maybe some of you might know this, but one of my previous jobs was working as a part-time secretary for WGPA Radio Station. I was hired by Hank Chadwick, but a few years later, he sold the business to Jolly Joe Timmer. While working for Jolly Joe, I hosted a very short-lived radio show for children called the Sunny Safari.  We played children's music, had guest story tellers in to read, and my children would come on the show and tell corny jokes.  It was fun while it lasted!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? It probably would be Christmas cookies, especially kiffles.  Love to have these with a cup of tea.

What was your first job? My first job as a teenager was cleaning.  My friend's father owned a cleaning service.  We would clean local bank offices. It was at a time when you could still smoke in buildings and I remember having to clean out the ash trays - YUCK!

Are you named after anyone? My middle name is Ellen and that was my grandmother's first name.Wendy and her family at her son's wedding

If something great happens to you, who is the first person you tell?
My husband.  He's always there for me through ups and downs!

My favorite kind of food is: It's probably Italian.  My best friend growing up was Italian and would often invite me for dinner. 

What is your all-time favorite movie? I think I would have to say the Wizard of Oz.  I remember as a kid waiting for it to come on TV once a year. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to the students at NCC, it would be: Don't give up and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.  Everyone needs help once in a while.

What is your favorite season? There is something about every season that I like.  I'm not fond of winter because of the cold, but I love to see a fresh snowfall.  Spring is nice because the flowers start to bloom.  Summer is a great time to go to the beach and I love the crisp air of the fall and colors of the leaves as they change.

Were you an only child, the oldest, the baby, or in the middle? I was the baby of the family.  I have an older sister and two older brothers.  I think I was a bit of a surprise.  My sister and I are 14 years apart.

My favorite holiday is: I would have to say Thanksgiving and Christmas because it' a time when our family gathers and I like to reflect back on the Lucyyear's blessings. 

Dogs or cats? I am fond of both dogs and cats, but we are allergic to cats, so we have a dog.  We adopted our dog Lucy from a shelter four years ago. She's a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and something else. She is so sweet.  I love coming home and seeing her so excited to see me. She brings a lot of joy to my family.

Do you have any role models? My parents were great role models for me.  They did not have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love for our family.  I hope I am modeling this for my children and they will in turn do the same for their children one day.

What has been the proudest moment of your life so far? I am very proud of my children.  My son is a biologist who works for Lancaster Labs at Merck and my daughter is a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital. I am so proud of who they have become as adults. I am also proud of my husband for being a great husband and father and for his community involvement. This past year has been a year of accomplishments for me, too.  I completed the Office Skills Specialist program and received a specialized diploma in May. Going back to school is tough, especially when you get older, but I am proud of myself for not giving up.

The last concert I attended was: It was the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert last December.  They were awesome!

Who do you tag to go next? Michelle Sadigh




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