Welcome to Chuck & Nancy Brabec's Website
We grew up in Chicago, Illinois and met while attending the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. (Yes, the U of I had a campus ON Nacy Pier!) We finished our degrees at the main campus at Champaign-Urbana and graduated in 1965. We got married and went to work for IBM in Kingston, New York. While working in Kingston we lived in Saugerties, NY. IBM offered to relocate us to Raleigh, NC in 1982 and we jumped at the chance. It was perfect timing as our eldest son (Charles) was starting high school and our youngest son (Daniel) was starting 5th grade.
We both worked as computer programmers for IBM. Chuck's career lasted almost 32 years before he retired in November, 1996. Nancy left IBM in 1968 to be a stay-at-home mom. She went back to work for IBM in 1982 and continued her career until she took a bridge leave of absence in December, 1996. She officially retired in December, 1998.
We found the winters in the Catskill Mountains to be too long and cold and the summers in Raleigh, NC to be too hot and humid so we started searching for someplace to retire in the early 1990s. Our ideal place would be rural with room and a climate where we could have a big garden and fruit trees. We finally settled on the area about 8 miles east of Summersville, West Virginia and bought 5.4 acres on a dead end road during the winter of 1994/1995. We moved into our new house in the fall of 1997 and are enjoying retirement in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!
We spent many years enjoying whitewater kayaking, mostly in North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee; with a few trips to Colorado, Idaho and Costa Rica. As we have aged, our number of days/year on the rivers have dwindled but we still enjoy getting on the water every once in a while.
Our main interest nowadays is our garden and yard. We also are volunteer transporters for the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC). When someone calls TRAC with an injured wild bird in our area of West Virginia we get a call from Ron or Wendy Perrone at TRAC asking us to get the bird and transport it to them. Click here to see pictures of some of the birds that we have transported.
When we are indoors (mostly in winter), we are likely to be found occupied with our favorite hobbies.
Chuck's hobbies include volunteering for the Werst Virginia Wildwater Association and, more recently, photography. He also does some woodworking, mostly during the winter. He also keeps busy as a general handyman around the house and yard. See Chuck's page for more about his woorworking and other projects.
Nancy's indoor hobbies include knitting, quilting, sewing, painting rocks, and preserving & preparing food (mostly from our garden). During the past few years she has been sewing baby-sized quilts to be donated to our local hopsital and dresses/britches for an organzation oalled "Little Dresses for Africa". See Nancy's page for more about hobbies.
We are both on Facebook as Chuck Brabec and Nancy Erhardt Brabec, respectively. Or you can click here to send us a message.
|Charles was born in 1968 and currently lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife (Kellie) and their dogsand cats. You can see photos of their pets at http://mosa.unity.ncsu.edu/photos/pets/.|
|Daniel was born in 1972. He lives in Steamboat Springs,Colorado with his wife (Jill) and their daughters (Alexa and Haley).
Alexa was born in 2004. When she was born, we officially became Grandpa Fuzzy and Granny Nan. Haley was born in 2007. Both girls are active in sports - mostly skiiing in the winter and soccer in the spring and fall. We love visiting them to see Alexa and Haley playing soccer and ski jumping.