Your Turn with ... Jane Voepel

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 3:54 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 8:18 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I've always liked office work, the variety and people.

What would you rather be doing right now? Looking back at videos and pictures of past vacations.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I don't like to eat wild game.

Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When I was asked by the late Paul Seifert to plan a bus trip to see the German Village in Columbus, Ohio. That was the beginning of many exciting trips with great travelers.

It really stinks when ... people don't return grocery carts to the stalls, people toss trash out the car window, people leave beds unmade and people who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Friendly and never knowing a stranger.

I always laugh when ... I am going the speed limit, get passed and both of us meet up at the stop sign waiting.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I never got to meet my Grandparents Hess or my Grandfather Park as they were deceased before I was born. I would ask lots of questions and take lots of pictures.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... grab an iced tea, then relax watching a cooking show on TV.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... always ready for a get-together with my classmates, and of course, food.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... Danny Thomas. Our local Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority chapter was invited to spend 20 minutes with him at a convention in Minneapolis in 1973 when we adopted St. Jude's as our International project. Such a great philanthropic project with millions raised.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to an Ikea store.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... be president of any organization. In high school, I was the FHA president, and not everyone came through with their responsibility.

America should be more concerned about ... how the three words "Oh My God" are tossed around in language today. In the Lord's Prayer, we recite, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name."

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... pictures and photo albums.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... email. I love to hear from friends.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? When I was first married, a lady at Vermont Street Church said to always have my home in good order. If Jesus came for a visit, I wouldn't be ashamed. It was good advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the Cross. Southern gospel.

I always get sentimental when ... people are united or reunited. I found my English pen pal from grade school after 25 years of not writing. Opening the mailbox and seeing her letter ... words can't explain.

The older I get, the more I realize ... not to wait to do anything.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... taken better care of my teeth. I have a fortune in my mouth.

My favorite item of clothing is ... the many old comfortable clothes I can't give up.

If I've learned anything at all ... go with your gut feeling and be one step ahead of everyone.


Jane Hess Voepel, 73, was a receptionist at the former State Street Store office for 35 years and spent five years at the former Ruth Staffing Services. She has been married to Sonny Voepel for 49 years. They have three children -- Steve, Lynn and Susan -- and six grandchildren. She grew up on a farm south of Rushville. She says she loves to travel and has done plenty of baby-sitting.


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