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| Monday, June 27, 2005

About Wanita

= Name: Wanita "Monnie" L. Hall Keilbach

=Marital status: Married

= Children: Two

= Employment: Retired residential cleaner

= Hometown: Dunbar

Everyone knows Wanita Keilbach as "Monnie," the lady who will always lend a hand, donate her time or give you a lift when you need it.

She and her husband, Chuck, have been married for 31 years. They definitely know the definition of "big family."

Both come from families of nine. Between the two families, they have more than 100 nieces and nephews, some scattered, but most still in the area. Huge family gatherings are common.

Keilbach spent many years cleaning homes. She thought nothing of lending a little extra hand to those who where elderly. She would do their shopping or simply help them with their hair.

For health reasons, however, Keilbach was forced to retire. But she misses talking with and taking care of her friends.

Keilbach enjoys people. She says she can "just sit down and talk to anyone."

Those who meet her remember her for her devotion to her family and friends and her quick wit. She loves to cook and bake, and enjoys making beans with kraut and ham, a recipe handed down to her by her mother- in-law. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, Kyle and Baily. She also enjoys doing crafts.

The Keilbachs decorate their home for every holiday -- from Memorial Day to St. Patrick's Day. She and her grandchildren make many of the decorations.

Keilbach is also active at Baily's school. She helps with various functions such as Market Day.

Q: What was the last movie that you saw?

A: "Madagascar." We loved it.

Q: Whom so you admire the most?

A: Baily. He's the reason I get up in the morning. He is such a help to me. I don't know what I would do without him. He's one in a million.

Q: What person, living or dead, would you most like to meet?

A: My grandmother Hall. She died before I was born and I never got a chance to meet her.

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Peach.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Making crafts, cooking and baking.

Q: What do you like the most about your job?

A: Being able to spend time with my grandchildren and make people happy.

Q: What is your tip for leading a successful life?

A: Stay healthy. Health is more important than anything.

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: Having no worries and good health.

Q: What talent would you most like to have?

A: To dance. When I was younger I loved to dance. I always wanted to be a dancer.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Steak and potatoes.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

A: Raising my kids. I am very proud of my kids and my grandchildren.

Q: If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

A: I would have been more athletic and I wouldn't be overweight. I'd be healthy.

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