Clipped From Herald and Review
Name sounds similar, but new postmaster is ex-fashion model By DAVE MOORE H&R Staff Writer MAROA Don't worry, Mr. and Mrs. Maroa. The Karasch handling your mail is NOT related to cult leader David Koresh, who's been holed up inside his compound near Waco, Texas, since Feb. 28. "A few people asked me that question," said Debbie Karasch, Ma-roa's new postmaster. "I just kind of laughed and said No.' At first, I didn't know what they were talking about." Then she was told Koresh was a cult 1 J A few people asked me that question (was she related to David Ko-resh) ... At first, I didn't know what they were talking about.' Debbie Karasch Maroa Postmaster leader sur-federal agents in rounded Texas. by "I said, 'No, I'm not married to him either.' I heard he had several wives," Karasch said. Karasch took over at the post office peacefully Feb. 24, and was officially installed as postmaster Monday, in a ceremony complete with balloons, cake, flowers and photographs. Karasch calls herself a former paper shuffler who wanted a little more public contact. "I was offered jobs elsewhere in the postal service," the Decatur jgi Hv Iff?) ';- - f 'V '- JwW PEOPLE PERSON: Debbie Karasch applied for the Maroa postmaster position because she wanted a job dealing with the public. woman said, including posts in Washington, D.C., and in Springfield. But none offered human contact, which she lacked in her job as an injury compensation specialist for postal employees in Springfield. There she dealt with 8-by-ll-inch sheets of paper but not the public. "I started as a distribution clerk and a window clerk in the Decatur post office in 1980," Karasch said. After a series of promotions, a post office reorganization that began in summer 1992 prompted Karasch to apply for the Maroa post. "The job was vacant. I looked at the location and proximity from home, and it was a job dealing with the public," Karasch said. Karasch's parents, John and Dorma Karasch, also live in Decatur. Before 1980, Karasch worked as a fashion model. Before that, she worked for the Decatur Housing Authority.