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By Echo Menges
Theresa Hunolt, 60, of Baring officially retired as the Edina Post Master on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Hunolt began her career at the US Post Office in Baring on January 2, 1988. She was hired as a Postmaster Leave Replacement Clerk part-time when she was in her twenties.
“I went to Kirksville and was on loan up there, to Memphis, Edina. I worked at a lot of different offices until I was hired as a part-time Clerk in Kirksville on December 31 of 2000,” said Theresa Huholt.
Hunolt served in that capacity until going back to the Baring Post Office as Postmaster four or five years later. She also served as the Officer in Charge in Lancaster, Kahoka, Canton, Arbela.
“Canton, Kahoka and Lancaster were some of the busiest offices in the area,” said Hunolt. “It’s corney, but one time I was trying to decide whether to stay in Kahoka or come home to Baring and be closer to my family and that’s the message I received – to come home. I like the people around here and it was right.”
Over the years, Hunolt has performed every duty needed from sorting mail, to cleaning the office if needed, helping customers and worrying about staying within the budget.
“I liked the variety. I liked helping customers with issues that came up from finding a package to getting route issues figured out,” Hunolt said about her favorite aspects of the job.
Theresa is the daughter of John and Lea Flynn of rural Edina. She graduated from the Knox County High School in 1979 before marrying Terry Hunolt later the same year. Theresa and Terry have three children, Eric, Erin and Beth. They have five grandchildren.
Hunolt plans to spend more time with her grandchildren during her retirement.