Majeres retires after 50 years at the bank

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Rose Majeres and coworkers from American Bank take a picture together at Rose’s Retirement Celebration on January 8.
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After fifty years of working for the bank, Rose Majeres has decided that now it is finally time to retire. Rose worked in the Operations Department as an Assistant Cashier at American Bank in Remsen. Her last day serving customers was Monday, January 13, 2020.

Rose definitely wanted to make sure to get her fifty years in before retiring, “I have been with the bank 50 years on January 12, 2020. I started on January 12 and wanted to retire on the 12th, but since that was a Sunday, I wanted to make sure I got my 50 in. So Monday it is.” she said with a laugh.

When asked what made her decide that it was time to retire, she simply stated, “It’s time.”

She has no specific plans at the moment now that she is retired, “Just take it easy and spend time with the family.” she responded. She and her husband, Don, have two daughters, Beth and Jill, who are both married. She has three grandchildren, Ross, Beca, and Elsie, and is looking forward to having more time to attend their events.

Rose and her family come together for a picture during her Retirement Celebration, which took place at the Golden Pheasant.
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When asked about any memorable moments from her time at the bank, she stated, “The move from downtown to the current building on the highway was pretty memorable.” American Bank used to be located downtown where City Hall is currently located. In July of 2010, the bank moved to its current location in a new facility on the west edge of town on Highway 3.

What she will miss most about working at American Bank is, “The biggest assets of the bank, the customers.” She enjoyed meeting and greeting all of the customers each day.

Rose will be greatly missed by her coworkers. Jeremy Bunkers, CEO American Bank, stated, “Rose has been a staple of our bank and involved in our many community activities for the last 50 years. It’s a feat to be in the same profession for 50 years let alone the same institution. While banking has changed so much over the years, the thing that has been constant is Rose’s compassion and loyalty for our bank and customers, doing what’s best for them. Each and every one of us at American Bank has been influenced by how Rose has genuinely cared for the customers’ needs along with how their families are doing. She will be greatly missed, but we plan on staying in touch as she’s part of our bank family.”

On September 24, 2019, Rose was honored by the Iowa Bankers Association for her 50 years of service at First Trust & Savings Bank/American Bank in Remsen and an award was presented to her during the IBA Annual Convention in Des Moines. She was one of 12 individuals recognized for reaching the 50-year service milestone.

Coworkers, family and friends gathered at a Retirement Celebration on Wednesday, January 8 at the Golden Pheasant.

“I’m grateful to have worked here. It’s been good to me!” declared Rose. She’ll miss the contact with the customers the most.