Ruth Holets will retire from her position as a loan officer with the Root River State Bank on Dec. 31.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Ruth Holets will retire from her position as a loan officer with the Root River State Bank on Dec. 31. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Root River State Bank is bidding farewell to longtime employee Ruth Holets on Dec. 31.

"I've been here about 38 years," said Holets, vice president of Root River State Bank.

Holets said she worked for the bank in two separate stints, the first for six years as Charles Johnson's secretary before taking six years to be at home with her children. She returned in 1981 and started working in the loan department, where she worked up to being a loan officer.

She said she has enjoyed working at Root River State Bank because she likes meeting the public and assisting them with their financial needs. "I like working with my customers and helping them do the things they want or need to do, like helping them keep their farm operations progressing," Holets said, "because I've basically worked with farmers the most, or with consumer and commercial loans. I'm going to miss dealing with them on a day-to-day basis. It's going to be quiet at home."

Holets chose to retire because she will celebrate her 70th birthday in May, and she felt that "it's time" to take time for herself and her family.

"I plan to relax and enjoy my family. I have seven grandkids I'll probably help out with. I love to garden, cook. I really like to read."

She concluded, "I'm looking forward to being more available to do some of the things I want to do."

Charles M. Johnson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Root River State Bank, commended Holets for her service to the bank.

"Vice President Ruth Holets has been a very valued person on our bank team for 38 plus years," he said. "She has been a stable source of financial knowledge at the bank and has assisted generations of customers over the years by helping them achieve their financial goals. Her integrity, professionalism and loyalty to the bank are unmatched. Ruth has represented all of the ideals of a true community bank and I wish her the very best in her retirement."