Interview: Joan Brentro Mihalko

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How old are you?
I am forty-six years old.

Where do you live and whom do you live with, if anyone?
I live in Elkton, South Dakota. I live with my husband Jeff, and my two sons Michael and Andrew. I also have a son named Joseph but he is currently not living with us.

Can you tell me about your childhood?
I was born in South Dakota. My birth family was unable to take care of their children so we were put up for adoption. My sister and I were adopted by the Brentro family. They were a strict family. Every week we had to clean the entire house.

What is your family like?
My husband Jeff tends to keep to himself and doesn't like to be around others. He is currently retired. My oldest son Joseph is outgoing and likes to play video games. My second oldest son, Michael, is shy and doesn't like to open up to people. He likes to ride bike, play video games, and slack off. My youngest son Andrew is smart with school -work, but he is lazy with other things.

Has anything interesting ever happened in your family?
My oldest son Joseph got married.
Have you ever had any life changing experiences? If so what happened?
Yes. I got married and had children.

What is your favorite food?
Spaghetti.

Do you have any role models?
No.

What are some of your hobbies and why you are into these hobbies?
I am into quilting and gardening. my mother tough me how to do quilting and I have always been quilting all my life.

Could you tell me about some of the places you have traveled to?
I have traveled to the Black Hills, and many places in the nearby states.

What exactly is your job?
I work at the Ivy Lane quilt shop. I sell quilt related products.

Do you like your job?
Yes.
Would you like a larger office?
No

If you could would you change anything about your job?
I would like a more consistent work schedule.

How long have you worked in Elkton?
About 3 years.

Are there any other careers you may have wanted?
No not really. I did use to be a lifeguard though.

Is it alright if I can come back later and ask more questions if I need to?
Yes.

Thank you for your time.
Your welcome.





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