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Dorothy Shupe retires after 41 years of service at Farmers State Bank

Dorothy Shupe enjoys a reception in her honor at Farmers State Bank on Friday.
Dorothy Shupe enjoys a reception in her honor at Farmers State Bank on Friday.

By Paula Walter

This past Friday, Dorothy Shupe ended her long career at Farmer’s State Bank (FSB).  She began on April 7, 1975 and has been an employee of the bank for 41 years.  Previously, she worked at Leco Manufacturing for six and a half years before switching to the banking world.
During her tenure, Shupe has worked her way up from a bookkeeper, teller, customer service and new account representative, secretary to the president, assistant vice president, senior vice president and currently serves as executive vice president and human resources and investments officer.  She currently serves on the board of directors, a position she has held since 2001. Despite retirement, Shupe will continue to serve as director.
“I’ve truly enjoyed my career with Farmer’s State Bank,” Shupe said. “I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work in different departments to learn all aspects of banking, which continually changes.  However, the most rewarding part is the friendships and bonds that have developed during my years at FSB.  I have truly enjoyed serving my community.”
There have been many changes in the banking world during Shupe’s career.  “There have been so many changes over the past 41 years I hardly know where to start.  The process of opening accounts and making loans has changed tremendously,” she said. “When I began banking, we only needed your name and address to open an account and you only had to sign the note to get a loan.  Regulation today requires we have much more information from the customer and there are numerous documents to sign.  Also, we have seen great strides made in the technology area since the mid-70s, which has made banking much more convenient for our customers.”
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