Julie Thomas was unable to be present at the chamber dinner, but she wrote a letter read by Megan Noll. “Susan is a great neighbor and mother. My family and I are very happy for you, Susan. You deserve it.” Thomas said that Wasko was like a mother to her sister in their time of need. Wasko is originally from Sigourney and she and Joe met on a blind date in 1988.
“By February 1989, I moved to Keosauqua. This is a great place to raise a family, a place when someone needs help, everyone gives help. It’s also a great place to have a business.”
She is past president of the Keosauqua Rotary, is on the Libertyville Savings Bank Advisory Board and is a member of the National Retail Hardware Association. She served on the post-prom committee in 2008 as treasurer and has been active in the SAFE Coalition, Van Buren Music Boosters, Children First Board and Keosauqua Library Board.