Anne Pardieck and Kathy Loessberg say they are not going to cry when their retirement days arrive next month, but when you listen to them talk about their co-workers, you can hear it in their voices, that promise will be tough to keep.
“We call ourselves our work family.” “Everybody here supports each other,” Anne and Kathy said, completing each other’s sentences as you may expect from two people who have worked side by side for 20 years.
“This has been the best place ever to work. I wouldn’t have lasted this long if I didn’t love it so much,” Kathy said.
After graduating from the Washington University School of Medicine program in Occupational Medicine, Kathy came to work at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The registered occupational therapist worked in rehabilitation for a year, then found her home for the next 19 years in Home Health.
Anne is a registered nurse and clinical supervisor. She has been care giver and comforter for Home Health patients for 26 years. A graduate of Missouri Baptist School of Nursing, Anne’s retirement date is set for March 11.
“I don’t really have any specific plans. I’m just looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends and being more active in my church,” Anne said.
On the other hand, Kathy has a more detailed agenda after her March 4 retirement date.
“We’re moving to Florida. We’ve already bought a house there,” she said. She is looking forward to those co-workers she is going to miss from here, visiting her in the Sunshine State. “Absolutely, we have blow-up mattresses.”
Administrator Monica Rozier said she has been honored to work with Anne and Kathy.
“When looking back at the countless lives they have touched, consoled and healed, our community has certainly benefited from their professionalism and the pride they take in their accomplishments,” Monica said. “I admire them both so much, and I extend heartfelt gratitude and warm wishes for their continued success as they move on to their next life chapter and journey.”
Home Health is planning retirement celebrations for both co-workers. A reception will be held at 8 a.m. on March 3 to offer best wishes to Kathy, and then at 8 a.m. on March 11 in honor of Anne’s years of service. Both events will be in the Home Health conference room.
Monica admitted that it will be tough to keep dry eyes on those days.
“I can get choked up talking about my great co-workers any time,” Monica said. “We are really going to miss Anne and Kathy. We are happy for them, but it will be tough to see them go. There will be tears. I can guarantee that.”