THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Honor Betty Stodola, 90, On Retirement From McDonald's
Issue Date: June 6, 2019
A 30-year employee of McDonalds in Marinette hung up her apron for the last time on Thursday, May 30. At age 90, the ever young Betty Stodola of Marinette figures it's time to retire.
For most of her 30 years as a member of the McDonald's service crew team, Betty's shift has started at 4:30 each morning, and she has rarely missed a day of entering orders and working the cash register.
Co-workers say Betty was the first person customers would see in the morning and she would set the tone for the day.
"Betty always has a smile or good word for each and every patron," stated Carl Rogaczewski, a daily customer at McDonalds.
According to Andrea Brady, manager of the Marinette McDonald's, Betty has been a very loyal employee, working Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 8 a.m. and calling Bingo every Thursday. She has called Bingo for 29 years and her regular customers really enjoyed it, Brady said. She added, "Betty is always on time for work even in bad weather. This winter she never missed a day due to the snow!"
Betty and her husband, Jim, who passed away in 2015, were married for 63 years and have five grown children.
Son, Jeff lives across the street from Betty's home in Marinette, daughter, Joanne Cornman lives in Menominee, daughter, Jayne Stefanic lives in Georgia, daughter, Julie Finley lives in North Carolina and a son, John lives in Oak Creek, WI.
"Working at McDonalds was a blast, I really enjoyed all the customers and crew. We are all like family and I will miss them," Betty responded when asked to reflect on her years of service.
Many of Betty's regular customers chipped in for a card and money to honor her retirement and were on hand to help celebrate her last day at work. McDonald's co-workers gave Betty a corsage and balloons to show their appreciation for her many years of smiles, service, encouragement and dedication.