It’s not often that you hear of someone retiring from a position after 60 YEARS with an organization, but that’s exactly what took place on Wednesday, August 18, at Farmers & Merchants Union Bank in Columbus.
After 60 years with FMUB, Kathy Harle retired. Bank employees - both past and present - gathered at the bank’s main office in Downtown Columbus to wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her life.
Kathy enjoyed an impressive 60-year career at the bank performing bookkeeping and secretarial duties. Most recently, she held the title of assistant vice president of data processing and cashier, served as corporate secretary to the bank board and performed the bank’s human resources duties. It is no surprise that during her many years with FMUB, Kathy had experience in all facets and services of the bank.
In addition to working in different areas of the bank, Kathy had also seen many advancements in banking during her career. Some of those things included the move from hand posting on two ledgers, to posting on a double ledger with magnetic coding; and then making the huge move to put everything on computers and the continual evolution that process took to arrive at the computer network we use today.
Farmers & Merchants Union Bank has also changed over the past 60 years. Kathy stated, “When I first started with the bank, there were about a dozen employees and two offices (downtown Columbus and Friesland). Today, we have about 55 employees and six offices (downtown Columbus, west side Columbus branch, Fall River, Friesland, Juneau and Rio).”
When asked what she would miss most about FMUB, Kathy simply said, “Working at the bank has just become part of my life. I’ve always come to work every day; it’s become so much a part of who I am and of my life. It will be a big change, that’s for sure.”
While FMUB shares those same thoughts of not having Kathy at work every day, the bank’s board of directors, management and employees are also happy for Kathy and the opportunities retirement will provide her to spend more time with her family. Please join everyone at Farmers & Merchants Union Bank in wishing Kathy Harle well in retirement.
Kathy is the wife of David Harle. She is past president of Columbus High School Alumni Association, past secretary of Columbus Fourth of July committee, past member of Columbus Area BPW, current member of the Zion Lutheran Church Bell Choir and current third and fourth grade teacher for Zion Lutheran Church Sunday School.