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March 23, 2001 Issue
Local News

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 that long."

The variety of the work is appealing, said Hanold. The numerous changes and upgrades in the buildings have brought many challenges.

"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."

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