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Meet Beverly Vondra

• City of Linden treasurer • Linden’s National Night Out coordinator • Animal lover and doting grandmother

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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 11:37 am

Beverly J. Vondra, 55, is the treasurer for the city of Linden, a position she has held for three years. She is a Swartz Creek resident, but grew up and attended school in Holly.

Where did you grow up and go to school?

 Our family moved to Holly in 1972 from Roseville, and I went to Holly schools. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Tell us about your family.

 I have been married to my husband, Patrick Vondra, for 12 years. I have two grown daughters, Anna Fagan, 29, and Kathryn Fagan, 27. I have two grandsons (Anna is their mom), Owen James is 7 years old and Trace Brian is 1 1/2 years old.

 We have three horses, five dogs, one cat, 32 chickens and two roosters. My parents are Carl and Shirley Roos (Holly). My brothers are David and Raymond and my best friend is my sister, Barbara.

 I also have two stepsons, Chris and Robert and one stepdaughter, Katrina. I have two step-grandsons, Gavin and Ian, and three step-granddaughters, Emily, Erica and Jena.

What do you love about your job?

 I love to interact with all the residents in the city. I love working with the numbers, and I especially love working with Sue Young, my deputy treasurer. We work so well together and I don’t know what I would do without my ‘Cemetery Sue.’

What are some of the challenges of your job?

 When I have to turn off a resident’s water for nonpayment. I try my best to work with the residents to set up payment plans to get their water bills paid. But when no response or contact with me is possible, I have to be a treasurer and do my job. I hate having to do it, but I am just doing my job.

What inspired you for the National Night Out event?

 I saw a newscast last year about Flint having a National Night Out. I came in the next day and asked my police chief and my city manager if we could do that. They both said yes and to go for it. I worked on this event for a year. This is my first National Night Out event. I learned a lot from it, including what to do right and what to fix. We had more than 1,500 people attend. I really thought this event was going to be a flop, but was amazed that it was such a success.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 I have three other part-time jobs, along with doing tax returns out of my house. I work a lot. I love spending time in my barn taking care of my horses and chickens. My family has an organization called Angel Haven Foundation. There are 300 people in the Appalachian Mountains that we help feed and clothe. We have been doing it for 17 years now. We collect unwanted stuff from people and have a huge benefit sale at my parents’ house every year. This year we are having our sale Sept. 20-24. I also spend as much time with my grandsons, Owen and Trace, as I can.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

 I have been a diabetic for 45 years and have neuropathy in both legs, but I walked the bridge (Mackinac) five miles last year with my husband, sister and cousins. Everyone thought I would not be able to do it, but I did. I love to do anything I can for anybody. I am taking over the Linden Angel tree this year for the kids at Linden schools. I love to decorate my house at Christmas time. I have 17 Christmas blow-ups that I love to display at Christmas with lots and lots of lights. I don’t like the color red.

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