By Julie Ann Madden
Come Monday, it won’t be the smell of money surrounding Retta Anderson of Chatsworth, it will be the smell of homemade bread, rolls and cakes.
After 22 years of serving customers at Security National Bank’s teller windows, she is putting away her deposit slips and closing her teller’s drawer for the last time Friday. She’s turns 65 on Saturday.
It was January 1991 when Retta began working at the bank, which was known as First National Bank back then.
She has had the same job — waiting on customers as tellers do, answering the phone and entertaining.
Yes, anyone who knows Retta knows that’s her speciality.
“I’ve been very happy at the bank,” said Retta. “I’ve never dreaded going to work. I have a good time there. Some days I’ve gone home exhausted because we’ve laughed so much.”
“I have coworkers there who are awesome,” she said, “and Connie Blake is an awesome boss.”
Her most memorable day at work was the day the bank was robbed — she was the teller the 15-year-old robber handed the note to, and she jokes if she’d known he was a teenager, she’d have had a “Come to Jesus” meeting with him.
“I’ll miss the people,” said Retta. “Some of the senior citizens I’ve been waiting on for 22 years.”
Her husband, Jerry, has been retired for about three years and she’s teased him his retirement is about over. And although she dislikes technology advancements the most, a LOL (laughing out loud) would be appropriate here.
In retirement, Retta plans to expand her Grandma’s Homemade Breads baking business.
She makes delicious caramel and cinnamon rolls, decorated cakes, a variety of cookies — both decorated and chocolate chip type cookies and breads, including white, cracked wheat, sourdough and sweet breads such as banana and zucchini. Just call her at 552-1425 to place an order.
Anderson will also be spending a lot more time in her yard’s flower beds.
“I’ll actually have time to enjoy it,” said Anderson, explaining she has a variety of lilies and hostas.
And of course, there will be plenty of extra time to spoil her grandchildren now. She and her husband, Jerry, have one daughter Sheri and her husband, Jeff Toben of Akron; and three grandchildren: Kyler, 12; Sadie, 10; and Sarah 8.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Friday, April 5, Security National Bank employees are hosting a retirement open house in her honor. Just stop by.