On Edna Koelfgen’s 1st Grade report card her teacher wrote a note that she was very creative. Edna spoke on live radio WSPB in Sarasota, Florida, reciting “The Little Turtle.” By 2nd & 3rd Grade she was identified as a good storywriter. Learning a lot of history during 4th Grade motivated her outlook on life. In 5th Grade she won a school-wide essay competition. In Junior High School Edna was on the Student Counsel and voted VP of the Freshman Board.
In High School she was voted Chairman to coordinate committees for the all-important Homecoming Weekend. During the summer before her senior year she had a job with a notorious law firm. After high school graduation in 1961, she was again employed for the summer by the same law firm, which had recently hired a former Sarasota County Circuit Court Judge. She learned much more about judicial law by working alongside him.
Edna received a scholarship just prior to graduation and spent the next two years at Florida State University for an AA (Associate of Arts) degree. In between those two years, she applied for a position in the 1962 summer “White House Seminar Program” which required a GS Category & Rating test. After passing the test, she was assigned to and worked in the Department of Labor – Wage & Hour & Public Contracts Division. The job was challenging, and the seminars were amazingly intellectual. The Secretary of Labor was Art Ginsberg while JFK was President. Meetings & seminars were many, including the well-known Edward R. Murrow, the President and many political figures. Constitution Hall – NSDAR Building hosted some events.
After completing her FSU years, she became a legal secretary for a large firm in Sarasota, Florida. She almost returned to college to earn her LL.B, but Edna decided she’d rather see the world than become a lawyer. By applying with Northwest Airlines, she became a stewardess and was able to travel to numerous places. She loved her job and learned much about the world. The Cabin Service Supervisor received frequent letters praising Edna’s service to them.
During 1969 she took some time off from her job and was able to get a visa via the Russian Consulate for travel to and within the Soviet Union. In the early years of the 1960s the USSR had opened its borders to foreign travelers. The reason Edna wanted to go there was to see for herself some of the historical things she had learned while growing up. Using a travel diary documenting details of those sojourns gave her inspiration to write her first historical novel. Edna’s imaginary characters are within the realm of her travels and life happenings as she transposed herself to one of the main characters in her first book. Some real events do occur.
The next year – 1970 – she got married to a wonderful man and they celebrated their 47th anniversary in 2017. Their son and daughter are married with great independence and doing the work they enjoy. After earning his BS degree, their son is a Director with a top advertising firm. Their daughter earned her Ph.D after receiving a fellowship from NASA with continued employment within NASA Mission Control and R&D.
As a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Edna placed Runner-up in a 2014 Minnesota State Women’s Issues Essay Contest (Category: Health). It was intimated she would have received 1st Place had she been able to attend the Award Ceremony…but that’s okay as Edna was happy with what she won and now treasures a beautifully framed Certificate of Award. One of her passions is also writing poetry.
She and her husband formed a small business in 1985 as manufacturers’ representatives in the semiconductor and medical electronics industries – and both work harmoniously together. Business colleagues as well as personal friends and relatives have requested Edna’s assistance in writing letters and papers to help them achieve masterpieces…is that called ‘Ghost Writing?’