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Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:20 AM

BY STACY TAFF

Staff Writer

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LANDECK — When Pat Rode stepped onto the playground Thursday afternoon, she wasn’t overly surprised to find her family, the Landeck Elementary staff and student body all outside to wish her a happy retirement. Rode, who has been a cafeteria cook at Landeck for 30 years, knows the drill by now.

“I knew it was going to happen sometime, I just wasn’t sure when,” she laughed.

Rode knew it was time to retire but she admits the decision wasn’t an easy one to make.

“I’ll miss the kids so much. They’ve been so pleasant and their smiles have always made my day better,” she said. “That’s why I was so hesitant to quit. I came down with cancer six years ago and they’ve all been such a big support for me.”

Rode’s plans for her retirement to involve ample time spent with her husband, children and grandchildren and some volunteering.

“I think I’ll be volunteering at different places and spending some time at the lake,” she said. “I also plan to spend a lot of time with family.”

Rode and her husband Art have five children: Cheryl (Tony) Beining, Gary (Elaine) Rode, Denise (Ron) Schnipke, Teresa (Phil) Wurst and Sandy (Denny) Berelsman. They have 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“I just want to thank everyone for everything, especially for the last six years,” Rode said. “They’ve given me so much support and they’ve given me their prayers.”

 

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