Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.

This Fairfield mother of three, ages of 30 to 42, likes paintings showing happy and contented folks.

She is computer savy Doris Koehler, 72, who works as book-keeper and data-entry specialist.

During the following Seniority interview, she said, when a child, she dreamed of spending life as a mom and homemaker. Reared in the middle of five, she recalled learning to pitch in to do the job at hand on the homefront.

Her biggest guilty pleasure is ice cream sundaes. Her biggest pet peeve? Unknown callers on her cellphone. A great concern of hers is parents who let kids do as they please.

Q: How long have you lived in Fairfield?

A: 43 years.

Q: Are you married?

A: To Herbert, 43 years.

Q: Children, grandchildren?

A: Three, 30 to 42; four grandchildren.

Q: Are you retired?

A: No.

Q: What do you do?

A: Bookkeeping and data entry.

Q: What did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A wife and mother, homemaker.

Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?

A: I was in the middle of five. Ours was a do-it-yourself family. We were expected to pitch in to do the job at hand.

Q: What are your main hobbies and in interests?

A: Reading, needlepoint, keeping things in order.

Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?

A: I like paintings that show people happy and contented.

Q: What music do you listen to?

A: Classical on WMNR, the Sacred Heart University public radio station in Fairfield.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie?

A: I like movies that deal with a problem and work it out. My favorite is "Casablanca."

Q: Do you have a favorite actor or actress?

A: Meryl Streep.

Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?

A: Good Morning, America.

Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States and why?

A: I always admired President Abraham Lincoln. He got many things done.

Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?

A: I don't know. He has so many things on his plate.

Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

A: Ice cream sundaes.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: Unknown callers on my cellphone.

Q: What achievement of yours are you most proud of?

A: Being president of the DAR chapter in Shelton. DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution.

Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?

A: Parents who let their children do as they please.

Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?

A: Show love and a sense of being involved. Always try to have a deep faith in God. That gives you a lot of comfort as you go through life.

Q: What brings you your greatest joy?

A: Family.

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Summer.

Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?

A: Peace. I hate to think of a world in which people are being killed.

Pmccormack@bcnnew.com; 203-255-4561, ext. 116