May 21st, 2019

sanko retirementOutgoing Liberal Good Samaritan Office Manager Kathy Sanko, sitting, and her replacement, Ann Ruder, share some laughs with co-workers at a retirement reception last month. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


As an office manager for the Liberal Good Samaritan Center, Kathy Sanko has seen her share of problems.

Feb. 28, Sanko thought she was going to be dealing with another issue when she was approached by a fellow employee.

“Paula says ‘I need to see you,’ and I thought I was going to have to go down and put out a fire of some sort,” she said.

Under the guise of a problem, Sanko was instead led into the Good Sam chapel where some of her fellow employees were awaiting her for a surprise retirement reception.

Sanko, who has worked for Good Sam for 23 years, said she was totally surprised by what she saw in the chapel.

“I had no earthly idea this was going on,” she said. “I was opening mail and doing two or three things at once.”

Sanko said her almost quarter century of work was lots of just that – work – but also lots of work. She began working for Good Sam in the resource development and fundraising department.

Good Sam has changed significantly during the time Sanko has worked there, and it is those changes that have provided her with some of her favorite memories.

“The changes in the building,” she said. “The changes in the way we do things and the people. They have so many things they can tell you.”

Sanko said it is work she will miss most about leaving Good Sam.

“I like being busy,” she said.

As for what she will miss least, it will be exactly what Sanko’s co-workers used to get her into her surprise reception last month.

“The problems,” she said.

And after working for many years, Sanko finds herself unsure of what she wants to do next.

“I don’t have a clue,” she said jokingly. “I’m going to sleep. I know that.”

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