Dwight Hasson retires after 42 years as GMR school maintenance employee

Dwight Hasson (foreground) is pictured back in the “early days” with his co-workers in the school maintenance department (left to right)-Harvey Dallager, John Stanislawski, and Philip Pelowski.

Pictured with Dwight Hasson are, from left to right, GMR students Owen Novacek, Jessica Benke, Skyler Forst, John Langaas, Blake Dallager, and Hannah Anderson. The students and their teacher, Mary Anderson, served egg bake and muffins Friday morning, March 31, in honor of Dwight’s retirement after being employed for 42 years in the school’s maintenance department.

Friday, March 31, 2017, was Dwight Hasson’s last day of work at the Greenbush Public School.  For 42 years he was a part of the school’s maintenance department.

When asked about his starting date, without hesitation, he replied, “It was July 15, 1974.  I was scared that day!”

It so happened that the late Chet Stengrim was on the school board at the time and he suggested to Dwight that he should apply for the job opening position.  

“I got the job and I’ve been thankful to Chet ever since!” Hasson said.

In honor of his retirement, Greenbush elementary students gathered in the school cafeteria on Thursday and honored Dwight with songs, gifts, and a huge poster. And, there was more…Mary Anderson’s physics class treated him to a delicious egg bake and muffin breakfast Friday morning.  Awaiting him in the teachers’ lounge was a large array of goodies, numerous well wishes, and scads of mint Life Savers.  And not to be forgotten was a “way back when” photo of Dwight with the caption, “All that I’ve learned I’ve forgotten and all that I know I’ve guessed!” 

Office personnel Cheryl Hanson and Karyl Langaas said, “Dwight was easy to work with – always dependable, always a smile on his face!  We will miss our daily radio calls of, ‘Hey, Dwight!’  We wish him a very happy retirement!”

Dwight and wife Darcy have been married for 43 years and are the parents of four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Retirements plans include enjoying time with nearby granddaughters,Benna, along with Bella, Berlyn, and their triplet sisters, Lanny, Bexley, and Hennessy, spending time at the family fish pond in which walleye, blue gills, perch, and sunfish are raised for the family’s own use, and just taking time to enjoy life.

Happy retirement, Dwight Hasson! 

To see the complete story, read the April 12 issue of The Tribune in print or online.

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