After spending her entire career in one place, Shirley Versemann is ready for a new challenge.
Versemann will be retiring after 50 years at U.S Bank in Perryville.
“I’ve spent a lot of time here at the bank and I feel it’s the right time,” she said.
Versemann has always been interested in numbers and banking and has held nearly every position within the bank, from teller to bookkeeping and working on the processing side of the bank.
However, she noted that the biggest change has come in the technology used in the banking industry now as compared to when she started.
“I started out with using typewriters and now we have moved to computers and electronic processing,” Versemann said. “There have been a lot of changes over the years. It’s a different change, but you get used to it.”
Fifty years is a long time to spend at one place of business and that fact is not lost on Perryville branch manager Stephen Puchbauer, who found it easy to explain exactly how much Versemann has meant to the U.S Bank family.
“She is a steadfastly valued employee of the bank,” Puchbauer said. “It’s not too often that you see a person stay with a career for 50 years. Her dedication to the customers and the staff at the bank is irreproachable.”
Versemann currently works as a teller at the bank, a position she describes as very rewarding position.
“I get to meet new and different people and try to help them out with their problems,” she said. “If they have questions I get to help them find the right answer.”
US Bank threw a going away party earlier this week to honor Versemann, and she expects life to be different as she begins her new life away from the banking industry. But she doesn’t plan to just sit around the house.
“I plan on spending more time with family and friends and do a little bit of traveling and just enjoying the outdoors,” Versemann said.
Versemann explained that her last day at the branch will be July 12 and that she will definitely miss her co-workers.
“I have made many friends here over the years,” Versemann said. “Many of my co-workers were like family to me, so that will probably be the hardest part. Even the ones that don’t work with me anymore, we still get together.”
Versemann will have plenty of time for that now as she enters retirement, and the fact that she will be gone in mid-July is not lost on Puchbauer either.
“Shirley will definitely be missed at the bank,” he said. “She’s a rock here.”