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Statz Music Smorgasbord assistance is in 4th decade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Linda Statz was introduced to the Music Parents Smorgasbord in the mid-1970s when her oldest child, Chip, was a fifth-grade band student.

Thirty-five years later, she’s still donating her time as the official dishwasher for the fund raiser that benefits the school’s music department.

She started out in the smorgasbord serving line, but also served as president of the Music Parents Association and filled various areas of responsibility for the big event.

Statz is especially proud that the committee structure was established when she served as president. Prior to that, the executive committee handled it all, and it was beginning to be a hard task to find people to serve.

After her three children had graduated from Holyoke High School, Statz started washing dishes to remain involved in a program she believed in.

Linda Statz takes her place at the dishwashing station during the
Holyoke Music Parents Smorgasbord Thursday, March 3.  
—Enterprise photo

At this year’s event last Thursday, she started in the kitchen at 3:30 p.m. and left around 8:30, long after the meal was served.

And she still serves with a smile. She admits she doesn’t know the people as well as she did 30-some years ago, but her spirit of service stays strong.

Once the smorgasbord started featuring beef prepared in roasters, Statz started bringing gallon jars to save the broth because she hated to see it go down the drain.

She purchases leftover beef and the whole Phillips County Courthouse crew enjoys soup of some sort the day after the smorgasbord. This has been going on for close to 15 years, Statz estimates.

This year it was beef and noodles, set up outside Statz’s County Treasurer office. The aroma was delightful as one entered the courthouse Friday. She also saved the pork broth and the county crew will no doubt have another treat sometime soon.

Since she started in her son’s fifth grade year, Statz has missed helping with only one smorgasbord event, when her husband was hospitalized. Now that’s dedication.