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Beloved 92-Year-Old CU Employee Not Slowing Down
Friday, December 12, 2014 7:00 AM

Vondee Hoeffner

When Vondee Hoeffner started part-time work with Waco's Educators Credit Union in 1982, she was in her early sixties. Now, 32 years later, Vondee is still at ECU, and thriving.

"She's amazing," William Palasota, ECU's CFO, said about Vondee. "She exemplifies the credit union spirit and is always here to help our members. I'd describe her as one-of-a-kind."

Vondee started as a temp in the New Accounts Department, helping to calculate interest on certificates, stuffing mailers with statements and certificates, and many other odd jobs. She moved on to opening accounts, CDs, IRAs, and anything else related to new accounts. Today, she works solely as an IRA specialist.

Rachel Wilde, ECU marketing director, said of Vondee, "She's remarkable. At 92, she is still working. She doesn't let anything slow her down."

And why does Vondee still keep coming to work at her age? She says it's because of her fellow employees and the members, and that coming to work helps keep a smile on her face. Vondee really enjoys the members and helping them however she can.

The feeling is mutual, as she is loved by employees and members alike. "She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone," Wilde said.

ECU's CEO Joe Hutyra said, "Mrs. Hoeffner has been with the credit union almost as long as I have. ECU just wouldn't be ECU without Vondee here. We have members who won't see anyone else but her. If they come in and she isn't in that day, they'll come back the next day just so they can see her. The way she handles the members, her work ethic and her positive attitude and bright smile make her irreplaceable. We are very lucky that she continues to want to work for us."