Hometown: Honolulu. Our family moved to Marshalltown when I was three. Graduate, Marshalltown High School class of '71
My parents are Dr. Rufus Kruse, and the late Dorothy Kruse, of Marshalltown. A younger sister, Jeannie of Ferguson and a younger brother, Ken, of Washington state. My son Matt Brewer and his wife, Lindsay, live in Denver. Spouse Mark Weaver, is retired.
Hobbies and interests: Live theater is my passion! I love to perform and make people smile. My dad says I've always been a bit "dramatic" but I actually began acting on stage as a fifth grader here in Thimble Theater. I studied theater in England many years ago and obtained a theater and speech degree from the University of Iowa. I love to travel and have been to 50 states and 15 foreign countries. I sincerely believe it's the best way to learn. I thank my parents for always taking us on vacations where we saw the country firsthand.
Occupation: I am the business manager at Lowe's Flowers in Marshalltown. Until recently I was also the weekend house manager at the Orpheum Theater Center. Previously, I worked at MHS and before returning to Marshalltown (most recently in 2006), I was a corporate executive for an international company. But I prefer being in Marshalltown where my commute is less than three minutes!
Tenure: I've only been at the flower shop since this summer but I love it. I get to work with flowers and friends.
If I could change jobs: I would be a stage actress. After that, a writer or cruise ship director.
Books: I recently completed "Keep Going The Art of Perseverance" by Joseph Marshall III.
Movies: "The Big Chill," "The Way We Were," "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Wizard of Oz," and "The Trip to Bountiful"
Foods: Cheese, ice cream, lobster and Zeno's pizza with double cheese, onion and green pepper.
Best part of living here: It's small enough to know where everything is and who I can go to when I need something. It has wonderful opportunities for people to be part of something - like theater, sports and volunteerism. And, I love living around people I've known since I was a kid.
Most influential persons: My mom, for her example of total devotion to family and sense of humor; my dad for always seeing the best in people, his unfailing hope that everything will get better, his generosity and his unconditional dedication to taking care of people. And, finally, my son who never ceases to impress me with his self-reliance and work ethic.
Local involvement: Marshalltown Community Theatre board member, a member of the Orpheum Theater Center Guild, American Legion and PEO.
Advice on life: It's okay to have regrets as long as you learn from them. Smile whenever you talk to someone and never pass up a chance to make someone laugh.