After 47 years of work, Tiffin woman retires

After 47 years working for Schmidt Machine Co., 7013 SH 199, Upper Sandusky, Becky (Schmidt) Bennett of Tiffin celebrated her retirement Tuesday.

Bennett began working at the shop as a secretary after graduating from high school, said her husband, Tom Bennett, and has been “at the same desk” throughout her years with the company.

“It’s been a good journey,” Becky said. Retiring from Schmidt, she said, brings “a mixture of emotions.”

The shop “hated to see her go,” Tom said, and thanked Becky for her years of dedication with a party and luncheon last week.

In addition, Becky said, her last day included numerous phone calls with good wishes and special visits from people who have worked with her over the years.

“It’s humbling,” Becky said.

Becky said she and Tom are looking forward to having more free time to do things together and “enjoy each day” without the time constraints of a full-time job.

With their extra time together, Tom said he and his wife are planning to “enjoy the things around us,” and spend time traveling, boating and devoting extra time to their grandkids.

The couple’s five grandchildren, Carlie and Seth Magers of Clyde and Nick, Mike and Gabby Bennett of Tiffin, Tom said, have been involved in sports, and Becky’s retirement will allow she and Tom to more easily attend their events.

“The kids are special to me,” Becky said.

The family is hoping to throw a party for Becky in the near future to celebrate her 47 years of work at Schmidt and the new chapter of her retired life, Tom said.