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2012

Sheri Gingerich, #1307 

Deputy Chief Operations Officer – Rail
| Friday, June 01, 2012 2:25:00 PM

Sheri Gingerich

Sheri began her 31-year career with Metro Transit in 1979 as a bus driver and instructor. She worked in four bus garages as a driver and safety supervisor and was the first woman Transportation Manager in Metro Transit history. She transferred to the fledgling rail division in 2003 as one of the first employees of the Hiawatha Light-Rail Line, and ended her career leading the light-rail division. Sheri distinguished herself as a mentor and a strong leader known for her patience, flexibility, kindness and attention to employees' concerns. She retired June 1, 2012.

2012

Daniel Underbakke, #292 

Helper
| Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:04:00 AM

Daniel retired from Metro Transit on May 16, 2012. He had 33 years of service.

2012

Michael Jawish, #433 

Bus Operator
| Friday, May 11, 2012 3:36:00 PM

After nearly 38 years with Metro Transit, Michael retired on May 11, 2012. Michael was recognized for 36 years of safe driving and worked at Nicollet and North Side garages before finishing his career at South Garage in Bloomington. In retirement, Michael plans to travel, pursue his interest in golf and American history and spend time with his grandchildren.

2012

Jerome Kaczmarek, #1408 

Rail Operator
| Friday, May 04, 2012 3:49:00 PM

Jerome began his career as a bus operator in 1972 at the North Side garage. In 2003, he joined the inaugural class of train operators on the Hiawatha light-rail line. Jerome was well-known as a safe, friendly and helpful operator who operated buses and trains accident-free for more than 39 years. He retired on May 4, 2012.

2012

Richard Turnblom, #2512 

Bus Operator
| Friday, April 13, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Then 21-years-old and intending to drive for about six months, Richard started his career with Metro Transit (then "MTC") in 1972. He retired on April 13, 2012 with more than 40 years of service and an accident-free driving record. Besides working at four bus garages and also as a supervisor in the Transit Control Center, Richard was a participant in Metro Transit's Bus Roadeo.

2012

Todd Stevens, #1273 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, April 07, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Todd retired on April 7, 2012, with 31 years of service. 

2012

Marnell Wilber, #1157 

Bus Operator
| Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:09:00 AM

Marnell was recognized for 24 years of Safe Driving and received numerous Outstanding Operator Awards during her 32-year career at Metro Transit. She worked at four bus garages throughout her tenure and also has a son and grandson who have worked at Metro Transit. Marnell retired on April 3, 2012.

2012

Dave Zapata 

Skilled Helper
| Monday, April 02, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Dave said goodbye to Metro Transit on April 2, 2012, after 32 years of service. A skilled helper, Dave was known for his attention to detail and for taking pride in his work. He spent most of his career at Nicollet Garage. He was a member of Nicollet Club, an employee organization at his garage, and often cooked meals at events that the Nicollet Maintenance department sponsored. Dave also was a representative for ATU #1005 during his career.

2012

Thomas Wannarka, #476 

Operator
| Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:08:00 AM

Thomas Wannarka spent six months working at the Bloomington Bus Company before it was bought out by the Metropolitan Transit Commission in 1974. After moving to MTC, Wannarka worked at the old Northside Garage and Heywood Garage driving a variety of routes. For the last five years of his career, Wannarka worked at Nicollet Garage. As a driver, Wannarka was not shy about speaking with customers and said he enjoyed meeting new people. Wannarka even met his wife on the bus. Wannarka retired in April 2012 with 38 years of service. In retirement, he enjoys exercising, spending time with his family and traveling.

2012

Ron Keuseman, #1112 

Bus Operator
| Friday, February 24, 2012 3:50:00 PM

A 36-year Safe Operator, "Big Ron" particularly enjoyed driving express service to the State Fair every year. He was also known for assisting other operators as they learned new routes. Ron worked most of his career at the Fred T. Heywood Garage in Minneapolis and at Martin J. Ruter Garage in Brooklyn Center, from which he retired on Feb. 24, 2012.

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