After 45 years, worker retires
Al Hanold ends his long years of diocesan service
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
When Al Hanold joined the Building and Grounds staff for the
Green Bay Diocese, Dwight D. Eisenhower was serving his first
term in the White House, "Ain't That a Shame" was a hit for Fats
Domino, and the Brooklyn Dodgers were baseball's best team.
"I started in 1955, right after high school," Hanold explained.
"Before that time I worked part-time here in the boiler room
firing boilers. A position opened up, so I stayed on in the
maintenance department. I've been here ever since."
Hanold has retired after more than 45 years of service, the
majority as supervisor of Building and Grounds at the diocesan
complex on Riverside Drive in Green Bay. The years have gone by
quickly, said Hanold, a native of Florence, Wis.
"It's hard to believe that I could stay at one place for 45
years," he said. "If someone would have told me back when I
started that I would still be here in 2001, I would have told him
'No way, you're crazy.' I obviously liked working here to stay
The variety of the work is appealing, said Hanold. The numerous
changes and upgrades in the buildings have brought many
"The heating system has had many changes," he said. "Before gas
heat was installed we had a coal heat system. It was a dirty job
having to clean out the boilers every eight hours. I've always
enjoyed the work. I even liked doing snow removal. Things have
really changed over the years. I can remember when we put in all
new windows that had to be cut into the building. Installing air
conditioning was another big job."
Hanold's retirement plans include spending more time at his
cottage. "I have plenty of work to finish there," he said. "I
will have no problem keeping busy."
Hanold recognizes that it will take time to get used to not going
to work at the diocese.
"When you have been around a place for that long it becomes a
part of you," he said. "You become genuinely concerned about it.
When I would go to the cabin for the weekend, I would always stop
here and check things before leaving. When I got back on Sunday
afternoon or evening, I would stop in again. There always could
be something going wrong."
"I will miss the people here," he added. "I've worked with a lot
of good people. It's been a good place to work."