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Karen Blatzer/Jan Impey

Karen Blatzer + Jan Impey

Karen Blatzer + Jan Impey


    Retirement Rebel

    Jan Impey Bio
    Jan Impey is a connoisseur of music and a master of enjoying the beauty in nature and people. A third generation graduate from the University of Illinois, Jan attained her bachelors (1949) and masters (1954) degrees both in music education. She spent 30 years in the Chicago suburban area teaching in public schools as well as being a minister of music at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights. More impressive than her accomplished career in music, is that after her divorce, she raised her two sons and they all survived.

    Upon her retirement, Jan “left home” with her sons’ blessings and began an “ada-venture” by moving to Columbus, North Carolina, a small community, where she spent 13 very special years involved in a variety of enriching activities she never could have imagined. She directed the community chorus for ten years, for which she was named an Honorary Member of Rotary International, served on the boards of the Community Foundation and the Fine Arts Center, had leading roles in two plays and volunteered at the library.

    In 2010, she moved to Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana where she directs the resident choir, The ChoraLiers, and participates in a plethora of other activities.

    Karen Blatzer Bio
    As a wife and mother to three young sons (ages 5 and under) Karen starts most days with a whole lot of busy before even arriving to work at her fulltime position as Marketing Director at Clark-Lindsey, the area’s only continuing care retirement community.

    Karen hails from the burbs of Chicago and graduated with honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her first career, in television, started in Paris, France where she worked for Arte, the European Cultural Channel. Returning to the states, she was an anchor and reporter for various NBC TV affiliates across the country landing thousands of interviews, from the Unabomber’s brother to Dr. Ruth.

    Her second career, in marketing and public relations, began after moving to the area more than a dozen years ago. In addition to having worked for local companies ranging in fields from finance to healthcare, she has served on numerous local boards and committees.

    Here greatest pleasures include taking adventures with her hubby, witnessing her beautiful boys experience the wonders of life and talking all about them with her mom and gal pals.