Getting Personal: Marge Probasco

Getting Personal: Marge Probasco

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 82-year-old MARGE PROBASCO, Fisher's super volunteer, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She's deeply religious and the world's greatest fan of the Bunnies.

What had been your major line of work before retirement?

I worked for Flo-Con/Vesuvius for 25 years, either being a press operator or quality-control inspector.

Tell us about your family.

I am single and like it. I have two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren ages 5 to 18. My parents and my only brother are deceased.

When did you start volunteering and why?

When I retired in 1999, I wanted to stay busy. I enjoy being around people and wanted to help others. I was helping at the Fisher Fair as I was finishing up at the end of that year, so I kept helping out then and now. I am full-time co-superintendent of the exhibit building and love it.

Karen Graves of RSVP says you volunteer more hours a year than most people put in at work. You volunteer at the University of Illinois Extension, Community Blood Services, American Cancer Society, Friendly Visitor, Teachers Helping Hand at the Fisher Grade School and the Pen Pal Program for Fisher Schools. Can you chose a favorite place to help out?

Not really, but I also teach Sunday school at River Valley Church of Christ in Fisher and love each child and love to teach them about God and how he sent His son Jesus Christ to die for each one of us.

Have you met a lot of friends by volunteering?

I met a lot of students from other countries when I was international chair for Champaign County Home and Community Education and studied about 11 different countries. Some of those I met still keep in touch with me. Some even call me grandma.

You've walked the Survivor Lap (as a breast cancer survivor) during the Relay for Life, complete with your Fisher Bunnies ears. How do you keep your energy level up?

I thrive on being busy, and I enjoy helping at each of the places that I do volunteer at, and God helps me, too.

What book are you reading now? What is your favorite book?

The Bible. I read it to prepare for my Sunday school lessons.

Tell me about your favorite pet.

When I was growing up with my little brother, we had a small bulldog, Tippie.

What's your favorite sports team?

Fisher Bunnies.

What would you order for your last meal?

Steak, sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar, salad with Vidalia onion dressing and pecan pie.

If you could be reincarnated after you die, would you like to be?

I would like to be an angel so I could watch over my family members and friends and pray that they would ask Jesus in their hearts.

If you could host a dinner party with any three people in the world, whom would you invite? What would you serve?

I would love to have one more dinner with my family who have passed away. My dad, mom and my only brother. I would serve fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed peas and strawberry pie.

Which historical figure do you admire the most and why?

God. He created everything and sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.

Do you have any regrets in your life and what are they?

I did not plan well for my retirement financially, but I'm going to be OK. So, I suggest that young people take a look at what they are doing and plan.