Face Time with Shirley Yingst

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Batavia resident Shirley Yingst, 63, was at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva’s church picnic at Wheeler Park when she answered 10 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.


Where did you grow up? Gary, Ind

Pets? A havanese named Griffey, and Snowball is half-bishon and maltese

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Meryl Streep

First job? I was a laborer at U.S. Steel one summer in college.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher. I did get a degree in education, but I never actually taught because I went into banking.

A movie you’d recommend? “Hope Springs”

Favorite charity? I work at Hope Wall School in Aurora, a special-needs school. Most of my giving is to that. I run the library there, and most of my donations go there.

Hobbies? Quilting and stamping

Favorite local restaurant? Niche in Geneva

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? My nephew, George Katunich, was the bass player in the band Incubus. His stage name was Dirk Lance. He isn’t in Incubus anymore, but it was a big kick going to his concerts.

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