Happel retires after 30 years of service

Teresa Krueger, Administrator at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, recently announced the retirement of Karla Happel. Karla was employed at Bartels for 30 years. She began her career in the kitchen as a Dietary Aide in 1982, and eventually moved up to dinner and breakfast cook. In 1994, she transitioned into the Nursing Department where she worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and a Med Aide. For the past six years, Karla has been the Transportation Specialist, taking residents to and from their appointments. “The residents and staff were my favorite part of my job,” says Karla. “For the past 30 years I spent more time with the staff and residents than my real family, so they are like my family!”

Karla is already enjoying retirement and looks forward to not getting up early in the morning and being able to do what she wants at any time. “Karla is going to be greatly missed,” says Krueger. “We salute her for 30 years of dedication and loyalty, and wish her the best in her retirement. She deserves it!”