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A local school employee is retiring from a place where she not only spent her career, but where she also spent her high school years.
Diane Schlosser retired from her duties as a cafeteria monitor and food service employee from the Wapakoneta Middle School at the end of February, but she will still be coming back to the building as she continues her duties as the administrative assistant for the Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA).
Schlosser put in more than 25 years working for the school district, with her first five years at Northridge School before transferring to the Wapakoneta Middle School.
The 1971 graduate of Wapakoneta High School was very familiar with the building before being transferred.
“I spent a lot of years in this building,” Schlosser said, “between high school and working.”
The former Wapakoneta High School is the current Wapakoneta Middle School, and it is a building that now holds fond memories from not only high school but also from working in the cafeteria.
“I’ll miss the kids,” Schlosser said. “I’ll miss seeing them and taking care of them.”
She said some of the students may not know she is retired, but they will soon find out when they realize she is no longer monitoring the lunch rooms.
“I told the seventh-graders, ‘You’re going to miss me when I’m gone,’ ” Schlosser said.
Schlosser worked together with Principal Wes Newland in assisting the students during lunch and helping them out with their needs.
Schlosser lives just outside of Wapakoneta with her husband, Fred, who retired from Ford Motor Co., in Lima. She has two children, Brian and Debbie, and a daughter-in-law, Jenn, and two grandchildren, Johnathon, who is in eighth-grade and Brody, who is a newborn.
“Once I saw his little face, I knew it was time to retire,” Schlosser said of Brody.
She shared that she will care for him when needed, and after retirement, she plans to spend more time with her family and helping out with her son’s funeral home business.
Schlosser said people told her she would know when it was time to retire.
After caring for her mother last year, who was battling Alzheimer’s and died in January, she said she knew then it was time to retire.
“When I was caring for my mother, it drove me in the fall to make the decision,” Schlosser said.
She said she was getting a little worn out while working full-time and taking care of her mother.
“I still have no regrets on retirement,” Schlosser said.