HJ/EDApril 24, 2006

Engel retires from Citizens State Bank after 22 years

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

A concerned mother entered the Waverly Citizens State Bank office in search of a way to earn extra money to send her children to college.

President Catherine Jackson decided to offer her a job.

Now, 22 years later, her children well out of college, Bonnie Engel of Howard Lake is ready to retire.

“It is such a great place to work. The staff and management has been very good to me over the years,” Engel said.

The Citizens State Bank is hosting an open house retirement celebration for her Friday, April 28, at the Waverly office.

The public is welcome to stop by the office throughout the day to wish Engel well. Refreshments will be in the lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Engel grew up in the Waverly and Howard Lake area, and lived there after marrying her husband, Dale Engel.

“I’ve enjoyed the customers, and getting to know them over the years,” Engel said.

“The customers have grown very comfortable with her. She is efficient and always ready with a pleasant smile,” Kent Houston of the bank said.

Engel has also seen a huge shift in technology, which has changed her job significantly since she started.

“Everything is more computerized, people don’t have to come in to the bank anymore,” Engel said.

During her tenure at the bank, customer conveniences, such as Internet banking, direct deposit, and cash cards, have all taken effect.

Although the details of her job have changed, Engel’s easygoing personality has not.

“She’s taken each step in stride,” Houston said.

Some of Engel’s fondest memories at the bank include bonding with the staff at company parties.

In 2000, the staff even took a cruise to Florida and Cozumel.

For the last two weeks, Engel has been busy welcoming a new staff member, Heather Kelly of Cokato.

Kelly will be taking over for Engel.

“I have big shoes to fill,” Kelly said.

For her retirement, Engel is planning to lay low for awhile.

“I’m just going to enjoy the summer, garden, go to baseball games, and spend time with my grandchildren,” Engel said.

Her husband, Dale, is planning on retiring later this summer from his position at the Wright County Government Center.

Engel is looking forward to spending time with their three children and six grandchildren.

Bonnie Engel’s retirement celebration

When: Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Citizens State Bank, Waverly office

What: Citizens State Bank is hosting an open house retirement celebration in honor of Bonnie Engel’s 22 years of service.

The public is welcome to stop by the office throughout the day to wish Engel well. Refreshments will be in the lobby.


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