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Eighty-four-year-old housekeeper has no intention of calling it quits

November 18, 2009
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DANFORTH, IL — A housekeeper at the Prairieview Lutheran Home and Assisted Living Center, unlike many Americans, has extended her working career far past the usual retirement age of 65, according to the Daily Journal.
Mardelle Gerard, who is 84 years young and claims to have no intention of retiring, ignores the fact that she is working among many residents younger than herself and is drawn to the friendly atmosphere of the Prarieview Lutheran Home, the story stated.
Gerard''s workload has been lessened and she only works three shifts per week, but she does not fancy retirement because she would miss all of her friends at work, the story noted.
Gerard said: "Retire? No, not me. Retiring is for old people. Heck, I miss the people here when I have a day off. How could I retire? I''ve been told that when people quit and they just sit — and that''s when they go. So, I''m not going to do that — that would be the end of me."
According to the story, Gerard is such a selfless person that she allots her time on days off to assist neighbors who might need help.
Gerard, who began working at the Prarieview Lutheran Home 32 years ago, is so dedicated that she trudges through the snow during blizzards to be sure there is someone there to look after her "second" family, the story added.
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