Star Prairie postmaster is sworn inFriday was a big day for Eva Lubke, the new postmaster of Star Prairie Village.
Friday was a big day for Eva Lubke, the new postmaster of Star Prairie Village.
Her official swearing in ceremony at the Village Hall was definitely a family affair, although it was also well-attended by friends, community members and other postmasters.
The pledge of allegiance, which began the ceremony, was led by Lubke’s three children, Colleen, 22, Katie, 19, and Tim, 16.
Lubke’s in-laws drove in from Chicago with her husband’s family Bible. Lubke’s husband, Don, held the Bible while Lubke took her oath of office for the U.S. Postal Service’s position of postmaster.
Lubke said her sister, Joyce Falkenstein, who is a purchasing specialist for the Postal Service, administered the oath and her mother, a retired postal employee, was in attendance as well.
Light refreshments and cake were served after the ceremony.
“It was a special day,” Lubke commented. “My sister told old stories from when I was little, which made it fun.”
One of the stories Lubke’s sister told was how Lubke would run out and get the family mail every day and count how many letters each person in the family received.
“She was destined to be a postmaster, even then,” Falkenstein said.
Due to a reading disability as a child, Lubke related that she always thought every piece of mail was addressed to her because they lived on an “avenue” (Ave.) and her name is Eva.
The reversal of Ave. appeared to Lubke as Eva, so it frustrated her as a child that no one ever handed over her mail.
Perhaps that’s why she is in charge of who gets the mail today.